How Camilla Parker Bowles went from mistress to Duchess then Queen Consort after Queen Elizabeth II’s death

Camilla Parker Bowles has made an extraordinary transformation, from controversial beginnings as Charles’ mistress, to the newly-named Queen Consort

From royal mistress to The Duchess of Cornwall, and now Her Majesty Queen Consort, Camilla Parker Bowles, 75, has seen a remarkable transformation over the years.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, 73, automatically became King.

Camilla, who is from London, now takes on the role of Queen Consort.

Camilla will take on the role of Queen Consort.

The Royal Family looks quite different from how it did at the Diamond Jubilee, 10 years ago.

Despite the fall of the Duke of York, the Sussex’s moving to the US and Prince Philip’s death -Queen Consort, Camilla, the former Duchess of Cornwall has remained a steady figure in the royal family.

There was a time when the thought of honouring Camilla with such a royal title would have been considered extremely controversial.

Lady Diana Spencer and Camilla Parker-Bowles at Ludlow Races where Prince Charles is competing, 1980. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Archive Photos)

Camilla and Charles initially met in 1970 at a Polo match at Great Windsor Park, and they began a relationship, however, forces were pulling them apart and they broke up.

A few years later, Camilla married Army Cavalry officer, Andrew Parker Bowles, and they went on  to have two children, Laura and Tom. Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, in 1981, and welcomed Prince William in 1982, and Prince Harry in 1984.

Although both were married with children, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were unable to stay away from each other, and were unhappy in their marriages.

They reportedly began having an affair in 1986.

Clarence House official handout photo of the Prince of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony, April 9, 2005 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Hugo Burnand/Pool/Getty Images)
Clarence House official handout photo of the Prince of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their children (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony April 9 2005, in Windsor, England. (Photo by Hugo Burnand/Pool/Getty Images)

When the affair was discovered, Camilla was blamed for the breakdown of Charles’ marriage to Diana, the Princess of Wales. They divorced, and Diana went on to candidly speak about the relationship in an infamous, 1995 BBC interview.

Princess Diana said: “There are three of us in this marriage, so it’s a bit crowded,” referring to the long-term affair with Camilla.

Following Diana’s death in 1997, it took a long time for the public to accept her, and when Charles and Camillia eventually married in 2005, the subject of her future title was a concern for many.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall continue to laugh after a bubble bee took a liking to Prince Charles during their visit to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary on November 5, 2015 in Dunedin, New Zealand. The Royal couple are on a 12-day tour visiting seven regions in New Zealand and three states and one territory in Australia. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

At the time, Camilla made it known that she did not want to be known as Queen Consort, even though it was the expected thing. Instead, she ‘intended’ to be known as Princess Consort, which has never been used as a title before.

As of today, Camilla is the most senior woman in the royal family, the woman who was reportedly once referred to as “that wicked woman” by the Queen following the affair with her son, according to auth

Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pass the mall after Diamond Jubilee service of thanksgiving at St.Paul's Cathedral during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 5, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne today with a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. (Photo by Tom Hevezi - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The stunning, yet seemingly controversial transformation has seen Prince Charles’ once-mistress, now become a popular member of the Royal Family - and the Queen Consort.

Over the years, the monarch seemed to warm to her second daughter-in-law, and they are said to have bonded over their mutual love of horses and dogs.

So much so, that in February of this year, the Queen announced that she would like her daughter-in-law to be given the title, Queen Consort, when the time came.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they watch a demonstration by dogs of the charity Medical Detection Dogs during the 10th Anniversary celebration of the charity at The Royal Mews on June 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen chose to share the significant announcement in her Platinum Jubilee message to the nation, she said: it is my sincere wish that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

Camilla later revealed that she is “very honoured and very touched,” by finally receiving the public seal of approval.

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort leave the Balmoral estate as they return to London following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, on September 9, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Gradually, over the years she has dutifully attended countless royal engagements and represented the royal family as required. She’s also become focused on her charity work, where she’s been highlighting the issues of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

As well as that, she’s also commended for her public duty and endless devotion to her husband.

Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, will be crowned, beside Charles’s on his coronation, just as Queen consorts have been, throughout history.