Tuesday, October 5, 2010

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in India

Photo: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall met with the staff at the British High Commission and Department for International Development (DFID) in New Delhi on Monday, 4 October 2010.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are in India from 2 to 5 October 2010.

The 63-year-old Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall is the second wife of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

On 4 July 1973, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks in London and the couple had two children, Tom and Laura. Andrew Parker Bowles initiated divorce proceedings against Camilla following the admission by Prince Charles that he had been in a long-term extra-marital affair with Mrs. Parker Bowles, and the divorce was finalized on 3 March 1995.

The relationship between Camilla and Prince Charles began when they met at a polo match in 1970. The engagement of Camilla and Prince Charles was announced on 10 February 2005. After the wedding, the couple travelled to the Prince's country home in Scotland, Birkhall, and carried out their first public duties as a couple during their honeymoon.

After becoming Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla automatically acquired rank as the second highest female in the United Kingdom Order of Precedence, after the Queen. Initially, the Duchess of Cornwall's royal duties involved accompanying the Prince of Wales on his official obligations.

Based on her marriage status and other considerations, Camilla has been referred to as Miss Camilla Rosemary Shand (17 July 1947 to 4 July 1973), Mrs. Andrew Parker Bowles (4 July 1973 to 3 March 1995), Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles (3 March 1995 to 9 April 2005), and from 9 April 2005 as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall (in Scotland from 9 April 2005: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay).

Because the title 'Princess of Wales' remains strongly associated with the late Princes Diana, the Princess of Wales, Camilla is referred to with the feminine form of her husband's subsidiary title, Duke of Cornwall.

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