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Queen Camilla's life in photos: from a young girl to her coronation

The Queen was crowned alongside King Charles III on 6 May 2023

Queen Consort Camilla

Queen Camilla was crowned alongside her husband King Charles III on 6 May. The royal made history by opting to re-wear an existing crown for the splendid coronation service in Westminster Abbey.

Her journey – from secretary (Camilla worked at several London firms in the '60s) to King Charles's partner and, finally, Her Majesty – has played out over more than five decades, culminating in her being anointed and crowned as the nation's Queen.

Following her coronation on Saturday, HELLO! takes a closer look at Camilla's life before she stepped into her Queen Consort role. 

Keep scrolling for a closer look at Camilla's younger days...

4-year-old Camilla with her 3-year-old sister Annabelle Shand © Getty
4-year-old Camilla with her 3-year-old sister Annabelle Shand

1952: Camilla looked adorable as a bridesmaid aged four with her three-year-old sister, Annabelle Shand. The sibling duo attended the wedding of Jeremy Cubitt and Diana du Cane in St Mark's Church in London on 17 January.

A young Camilla chatting to Prince Charles© Getty
A young Camilla chatting to Prince Charles

1972: A young Camilla nailed 70s glamour as she paused for a chat with Prince Charles whilst soaking up some polo action.

Camilla Shand and Captain Andrew Parker Bowles on their wedding day© Getty
Camilla Shand and Captain Andrew Parker Bowles wed in 1973

1973: Camilla Rosemary Shand wed Andrew Parker Bowles on 4 July 1973. The couple said "I do" at St. James's Palace, with the bride wearing a pie crust collar white gown with long sleeves and a ruffled hem. The couple went on to welcome two children – a son called Tom and a daughter called Laura. They split in 1995, one year after Prince Charles admitted to committing adultery during his marriage to Princess Diana. 

Camilla and her ex-husband Andrew attending a book launch© REX
The former couple dressed up to the nines

1985: Camilla and her former husband Andrew looked super sleek as they stepped out for a glitzy book launch event. The future royal looked lovely in a tailored suit which she paired with a slouchy clutch.

Camilla looked lovely in red© REX
Camilla looked lovely in red

1989: Back in 1989, Camilla showcased some serious sartorial flair as she attended an event wearing a bright red dress flecked with dramatic polka dots. Ever the style icon, she teamed her statement frock with some giant gold hoops and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses.

Camilla wearing a chic black suit© Getty
The mother-of-two is a major style icon

1990: Camilla debuted a spectacular black hat in the early 1990s. For a special event in Hyde Park, the former receptionist donned a chic pillbox hat adorned with iridescent feathers. She looked super sophisticated in a military-style blazer which she wore layered over a ruffled cream shirt.

Camilla attending a polo game© Getty
Camilla is a huge polo fan

1992:  In the early 1990s, Camilla attended the Queen's Cup polo match in Windsor wearing a grey check skirt suit with the most fabulous, padded shoulders. She wore a bright pink T-shirt underneath and accessorised with a trusty leather clutch.

1995: Keen equestrian Camilla was spotted riding in Wiltshire back in 1995. The royal adores the countryside and relocated to Wiltshire following her 1994 split. She bought a stunning property called Ray Mill House and lived there between 1996 and 2003.

The mother-of-two shares two children with her former husband© REX
The royal shares two children with her former husband

1996: Camilla was photographed with her two children Tom and Laura as they attended a portrait exhibition at the Ritz Hotel. 

Camilla wearing a powder blue suit© Getty
Camilla looked regal in blue

1998: The future Queen attended a huge society wedding in 1998 wearing an ultra-chic pastel blue suit, a set of pearls and a wide brim blue hat adorned with delicate white petals. She arrived 20 minutes before Prince Charles who attended the event with his son Prince Harry and Zara Phillips. 

1999: Camilla unveiled a second stunning wedding guest look in 1999. Stepping out in London, the mother-of-two looked picture-perfect in a rosy-pink skirt suit complete with a frilled trim and oversized buttons. She wore her hair down loose beneath a matching pink hat. Perfection!

Queen Camilla wearing a satin blue dress © Getty
The Queen Consort boasts an enviable wardrobe

2004: In 2004, Camilla made a bold entrance at the re-opening of the hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia! With Prince Charles by her side, Camilla looked flawless in an aquamarine blue printed dress. She elevated her look with a breathtaking pearl choker featuring a giant blue sparkler.

Camilla and Charles on their wedding day© Getty
Camilla and Charles wed in 2005

2005: Camilla married her second husband Prince Charles in 2005. The royal couple announced their engagement in February 2005 and tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, Berkshire followed by an official religious blessing at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 9 April. 

The newly-crowned King and Queen made their balcony debut© Getty
The newly-crowned King and Queen made their balcony debut

2023: Queen Camilla is crowned alongside her husband King Charles III in Westminster Abbey during an historic ceremony on 6 May 2023. The couple then travelled in the Gold State Coach passed adoring crowds towards Buckingham Palace, where they later appeared on the balcony to wave and watch a flypast.

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