Camilla Shand has been queen consort of the United Kingdom and the other fourteen realms of the Commonwealth of Nations since 2022, as the second wife of King Charles III.
She had previously shared the titles of King Charles III as Duchess of Edinburgh, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, Baroness of Renfrew, instead renouncing the title of Princess of Wales, in honor of the deceased first wife of prince.
Camilla Shand and Prince Charles first met in mid-1971. They became close friends and eventually began a romantic relationship, which was well known within their social circle. As the relationship became more serious, Carlo met Camilla's family and introduced her to some of his own family members. The relationship ended after Prince Charles went abroad to join the Royal Navy in early 1973.
The story became public knowledge in the press a decade later, with the publication of Diana: Her True Story in 1992, followed by the Camillagate tape scandal in 1993, when an intimate telephone conversation between Camilla and Prince Charles was secretly recorded and transcripts were published in the tabloid press.
Charles and Camilla got officially engaged on 10 February 2005 and celebrated their civil wedding on 9 April 2005 in Windsor. As the future supreme governor of the Church of England, a title that rightfully belongs to British sovereigns, the prospect of marrying a divorcee was considered controversial for Charles, but with the consent of Elizabeth II, Parliament and the Church of England the couple is was able to get married. Carlo and Camilla's parents did not participate. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the blessing service. Afterwards, the Queen held a reception for the newlyweds at Windsor Castle.
With the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, her husband Charles ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom as Charles III. As ordered by the Queen herself on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, Camilla became Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms; her becoming queen at the age of 75, she represents the oldest consort of a monarch of the United Kingdom at the time of accession to the throne. On 6 May 2023 she was crowned together with her husband in Westminster Abbey.