Camilla Parker Turns 72: Duchess of Cornwall Celebrates Her Birthday With Prince Charles

Camilla Parker Turns 72: Duchess of Cornwall Celebrates Her Birthday With Prince Charles

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and the second wife of the heir to the British throne Prince Charles, celebrated her 72nd birthday this year.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who is more popularly known as Camilla Parker (in reference to her first husband) celebrated her 72nd birthday on July 17th, 2019. Born to Major Bruce Shand and his wife Rosalind Cubitt on July 17th, 1947, she was named Camilla Rosemary Shand. She received her education from London, Switzerland, and France. Camilla met Prince Charles in 1971 but the couple could not get married. Prince Charles was leaving the country for his military duties and told her not to wait. However, the news of her engagement to British military officer Andrew Parker Bowles came as a shock to the Crown Prince. Prince Charles and Camilla got married in 2005.

Recently Camilla celebrated her birthday with two huge cakes. She cut one cake at Cornish Bakery which depicted both Ginsters and the Estate of Cornwall. ‘Day two of Their Royal Highnesses annual tour of the South West began this morning with a visit to @ginstersofcornwall to help mark 50 years of the Cornish bakery. The family-run company has been baking pasties in Callington since 1969, and The Duchess was given a pasty masterclass by baker Toby!’

Camilla cut her second birthday cake during the Big Picnic event in Exmoor National Park. The cake was massive and made on Exmoor theme. ‘Three cheers for The Duchess of Cornwall to mark HRH’s birthday during a Big Picnic event in Exmoor National Park today! To end this week’s visit to the South West of England, TRH helped mark 70 years of UK National Parks at a colourful event. The Prince and The Duchess chatted to members of the local community, and met stallholders, food producers and craftspeople. At the end of the visit, TRH were presented with a towering Exmoor-themed cake.’

Camilla also received birthday messages from many other people around the world and thanked people through this post by Clarence House. ‘Thank you for all the lovely messages on The Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday! ‘

Camilla and Prince Charles got married in 2005 at Westminster Guildhall. It was a civil ceremony followed by an Anglican religious blessing at St. George’s chapel. Previously, the heir to the throne was not allowed to marry a divorcee else he had to give up on his right to the throne. Due to a change in this law, Prince Charles was able to marry the love of his life, Camilla. The civil ceremony was attended neither by Prince Charles’ nor Camilla’s parents. Prince William, however, was one of the witnesses at the wedding. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip attended the religious blessing. The Queen also made a short speech on this occasion.

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By Saadia Ahmed
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