Queen Camilla's family: Who will be taking part in the coronation service?
Eight months after the death of the late Queen Elizabeth, all eyes have turned to King Charles’ coronation on 6 May, during which his wife Camilla will also be crowned as Queen.
Whilst Camilla, 75, has been in the public eye for many years, her own side of the family has remained relatively private, although they have attended some major royal events, including the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth.
However, the palace has now announced that some of her grandchildren will be taking part in the ceremony, which will mean that entire family seem to be taking their place more firmly in the spotlight.
Will Camilla's family be involved in the coronation?
In a break with tradition, Camilla’s grandchildren – who are not strictly royals – are taking part in the coronation in May.
Freddy, Louis and Gus will all be acting as pages of honour for their grandmother's coronation alongside Camilla's grandnephew Arthur Elliot.
This will mean they take part in the official procession through the nave of Westminster Abbey. According to reports, nce pages have been appointed they continue in this role for two-three years, so they may be called upon to take part in further ceremonial duties in the future.
Pages are usually teenagers and selected from families from the senior royal household, the nobility and gentry.
The Sunday Times has previously reported that Camilla's grandchildren would also be involved in the anointing portion of the ceremony — which is seen as the most sacred part of the coronation service — by holding the canopy above her to shield her from view in this moment of 'spiritual transformation' when she is consecrated as Queen.
The role, traditionally left to the Queen's 'duchesses', is "quite a bold move" a source told the Sunday Times, and shows that Charles and Camilla want to "reflect the realities of modern life" in the ceremony, "of which a blended family is a central element".
Who are Camilla's children?
Much like Charles, Camilla has two children, Tom Parker Bowles, 47, and Laura Lopes, 44, who are from her previous marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles.
She was married to Andrew from 1973-1995, though they had already been living separately before the divorce was finalised.
Camilla married Charles 10 years later on 9 April 2005.
Her eldest, Tom, is a food writer, critic and author who won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for his writings on British food. He is also somewhat of a TV personality, appearing on multiple television food series, including MasterChef.
He is both the godson and step-son of Charles.
Tom married Sara Buys, an associate editor of Harpers & Queen magazine in 2005, but the pair divorced in 2018.
He had been dating former journalist Alice Procope for two years when she passed away 17 March 2021, seven months after being diagnosed with cancer.
Meanwhile, Laura, the King's stepdaughter, is an art curator who managed Eleven Fine Art gallery for 10 years, showcasing emerging and established artists, and now curates exhibitions.
She married Harry Lopes – an ex-Calvin Klein model and founder and CEO of Eden Renewables, which develops renewable energy and storage projects throughout the UK – in 2006.
While Tom arguably has more experience in the public sphere than his sister, both have still remained relatively private despite their first-hand connection to the Royal Family.
Who are Camilla's grandchildren?
Camilla has grandchildren from both her son and daughter, all of whom are similar ages.
Tom has two children, Lola Parker Bowles, 14, and Freddy Parker Bowles, 12, who he shares with ex-wife Sara Parker Bowles.
Meanwhile, Laura has three children, Eliza Lopes, 14, and twins Louis Lopes and Gus Lopes, both 12, who she shares with her husband Harry.
What is Camilla's royal title?
Camilla became the Queen Consort as the wife of a king after Queen Elizabeth II's death on 8 September 2022.
While there had been debate over whether Camilla would use the title, the late Queen herself endorsed the then Duchess of Cornwall to be known as Queen when the time comes.
On the eve of her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022 (marking the death of her father King George VI in 1952, with her coronation following in June 1953), she said in a public statement, "When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service."
Camilla later said, "I feel very honoured – very honoured and very touched" when a guest asked her how she felt about her new title, during a visit to the Nourish Hub community kitchen in west London on 10 February.
Will Camilla's family get royal titles?
While Camilla has been given her official title through marriage, there's nothing to suggest her children (and therefore, her grandchildren) will get any royal titles or duties themselves.
“Even though their mother Camilla is now the Queen Consort, Tom and Laura are still not going to have a formal role within the Crown as they are not of the blood," Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, founder of the British Monarchists Society, told iNews.
Mace-Archer-Mills added, "Their mother Camilla is royal by marriage, but they are not. That seems a harsh way of putting it, but it is the truth.
“They might be invited to functions now that their mother is going to be Queen [Consort], but they will not be undertaking any sort of official engagement or be asked to do anything which would mean them representing the British Crown."
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