A special tribute
Camilla and Charles are 'amazing sports'
One of many surprises
One's wishes
So, what do we call Camilla?
Possible Queen
What do the British public think?
Camilla's privileged beginnings
Encouraged to talk
Love of her life
Husband 1 - Parker bowles
Prince Charles was already part of the family
The return
Had Camilla and Charles' relationship ever ended?
Reunited
Becoming more and more public
A royal mistress
The world's heart was broken
Some big glass slippers to fill
The wrath of the British Public
Did Camilla attend Diana's funeral?
A tough road for Camilla
The Queen was slow to warm to Camilla
Keeping the flame alive
The wedding
The Queen, still not amused
Nor were the people
More tragedy
How the Duchess of Cornwall deals with stress
All I want is a quiet life
Support from the boss
Loyal service
Camilla's support to Queen and Country
What does Camilla do?
Warm, friendly and gives a good vibe
Support from the public
Stepping up
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A special tribute

To celebrate the Queen's magnificent 70 years on the throne, her son, Charles, and his wife, Camilla, will be appearing in a special episode of the BBC soap opera on Thursday 2nd June.

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Camilla and Charles are 'amazing sports'

Camilla will appear next to her husband in the series that has been broadcast into British homes since 1985. Kellie Bright, actress on the show, said they had been "amazing sports", according to the BBC.

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One of many surprises

But the Duchess of Cornwall is certainly more than an actress and will take on other duties during the jubilee weekend. These will include attending lunches with the public and the Trouping the Colour event - representing the senior royals as she takes the next step after being described as the future Queen Consort by HRH Queen Elizabeth earlier this year.

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One's wishes

In February, Queen Elizabeth II announced her wish and desire that Camilla, who has been married to Prince Charles for the past 17 years, will join him in service and become queen consort on Charles's ascension to the throne.

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So, what do we call Camilla?

Although Camilla has many titles, she is most commonly referred to as The Duchess of Cornwall and not The Princess of Wales. The reasons? There already was a Princess of Wales and, out of respect, the Duchess has rejected the title.

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Possible Queen

The question now, of course, is will Camilla become the Queen of England if Charles ever becomes King?

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What do the British public think?

This controversial topic has raised many questions, the main one being, will the great British public ever accept her? The Duchess has had a long journey, but could her past controversy now be behind her?

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Camilla's privileged beginnings

Camilla was born into an upper class family, sixteen months before the birth of Prince Charles. She was educated in Switzerland and Paris.

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Encouraged to talk

In an interview with the Daily Mail, she said that her mother would sit at the dinner table and the minute there was a moment of silence she would say: "Talk, I don’t care what it is about… but keep the conversation going." The Duchess followed this by claiming that she has never not been able to speak.

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Love of her life

She met Charles in the early 1970s at a polo match and maintained a relationship with him until he joined the Royal Navy. He subsequently left for duty.

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Husband 1 - Parker bowles

In 1973, Camilla married a former boyfriend of Princess Anne: Andrew Parker Bowles. They had two children: Tom and Laura.

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Prince Charles was already part of the family

Interestingly, Prince Charles was named as Godfather to Tom.

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The return

Charles returned from the Navy to find Camilla now married with a family. It was his fate to be married to Lady Diana Spencer.

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Had Camilla and Charles' relationship ever ended?

According to Diana in her famous interview with Martin Bashir, "there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

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Reunited

In 1995 Camilla and her husband Andrew got divorced. The following year, Charles and Diana also got divorced. The original couple of Camilla and Charles went public about their relationship two years later.

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Becoming more and more public

The Royal Observer tells us that on July 18, 1997, Charles had organised a 50th birthday celebration for Camilla. He made sure photographers were there to capture her arrival and departure - the following morning.

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A royal mistress

The couple were preparing to declare their relationship more publicly, and the Prince had quietly begun paying Camilla a yearly allowance - one that would befit a royal mistress. The Royal Observer states that he 'even sent his staff to do her supermarket shopping.'

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The world's heart was broken

Just a month later, a nation wept when the Queen of Hearts, Princess Diana, was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997. All eyes turned to the tragically sad journey Diana had lived. And all eyes turned to Camilla.

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Some big glass slippers to fill

As many wept for the princess, Camilla kept out of sight, respecting the world's mourning. According to The Royal Observer, Camilla was a 'great comfort' to Prince Charles after the death of his ex-wife.

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The wrath of the British Public

Royal commentators reflected the wished of the public at the time when they warned Camilla to stay in hiding. Royal correspondent, Judy Wade, said: "If Camilla Parker-Bowles is seen anywhere near his home in the next six months, he’ll be toast. He’s got to keep a low profile with her."

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Did Camilla attend Diana's funeral?

Even though Charles wanted Camilla to attend the funeral, everyone knew it was a terrible idea, including the Queen. The Crown, in fact, forbade her attendance, according to the Royal Observer.

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A tough road for Camilla

The acceptance of her relationship with the future King of England would be difficult for the British Public to warm to. It was also tough for the Queen herself.

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The Queen was slow to warm to Camilla

Author Tom Bower claims that Charles tried to speak to his mother on several occasions, but says the Queen would not condone her son's adultery, nor forgive Camilla for not leaving Charles alone to allow his marriage to recover.

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Keeping the flame alive

In 2005, the royal couple got engaged, 35 years after first meeting each other. Charles presented Camilla a 3-diamond, 5-carat emerald cut ring that once belonged to the Queen Mother.

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The wedding

The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles took place in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, on 9 April 2005. According to Vanity Fair, Duchess Camilla was suffering from serious sinusitis. So much so, that her friends were worried she wouldn't be well enough to walk down the aisle.

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The Queen, still not amused

Tom Bower also claimed in his book that the Queen refused to attend Charles and Camilla's civil ceremony. The Queen reportedly didn't even speak to her new daughter-in-law at the afternoon reception.

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Nor were the people

Princess Diana had always been so loved by people all over the world that it made news of Prince Charles' affair all the more difficult

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More tragedy

In 2014 Camilla’s brother unexpectedly died at the age of 62. He fell and hit his head outside a charity event in New York City. The Daily Mail reported at the time that Camilla and Charles were 'utterly devastated.'

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How the Duchess of Cornwall deals with stress

Despite this rough ride, she is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. "You have to laugh at yourself," she said, "because if you can’t, you may as well give up."

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All I want is a quiet life

When talking about their country retreat, Camilla is quoted as saying: "I’d be out in the garden all day if I were allowed," according to the Express.

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Support from the boss

On the anniversary of her succession to the throne, the Queen made a public statement about her time as the monarch and her view on the future.
"When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me," the queen said in her statement.

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Loyal service

"And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service," she added, throwing her support behind Camilla.

Needless to say it made the headlines.

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Camilla's support to Queen and Country

The BBC reports royal author Penny Junor saying that Camilla has been "loyal, discreet and works her socks off with her charities and supports the prince... She's taken to this job at a relatively late age and she's been extraordinary."

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What does Camilla do?

Aside from supporting her husband and being at his side during public events, Camilla champions her own causes and interests. She supports literacy charities, animal welfare and organisations helping victims of domestic abuse.

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Warm, friendly and gives a good vibe

Royal author, Penny Junor, continued by saying that Camilla will bring warmth to the role of Queen Consort. "She's fun and friendly and she has a twinkle in her eye. She makes people feel good for having met her."

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Support from the public

A public opinion poll by The Mirror, reveals that Brits are all for Queen Camilla, with 55% of respondents supporting the Duchess of Cornwall becoming Queen Consort. However, some people believe that Charles' first wife, the late Princess Diana, would have been more fitting for the role.

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Stepping up

With Harry and Megan stepping down and Camilla stepping up, it looks as if her quiet days in the garden may have to wait a little while.

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