Queen Camilla young pictures: What was King Charles's wife like in her 20s? | The Sun

SHE'S been by King Charles' side for decades and we've seen her support the monarch through the toughest of times.

But how much do we really know about Queen Camilla? What was she like in her 20s, when the two met? And who was her first husband?

As the nation is preparing for the coronation set to take place on May 6 next year, we take a look at some of the key moments in Camilla's life.

How old was Camilla Parker Bowles when she met Charles?

From young lovers to happily ever after, here's Charles and Camilla's relationship timeline.

Charles and Camilla’s relationship began back in 1971 when the pair were introduced by mutual friend Lucia Santa Cruz.

Aged 23, they quickly became close friends talking for hours on the phone and spending as much time together as possible.

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Charles reportedly fell for her quickly, but their relationship never progressed amid warnings from his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten who she was not sufficiently aristocratic ultimately leading the pair to go their separate ways.

After Charles left to serve in the Royal Navy, he returned to find her engaged to another man: Andrew Parker Bowles, who had himself dated Charles' sister, Princess Anne.

Camilla got engaged to and married Andrew in 1973, while Charles wed Princess Diana on July 29, 1981.

But it seems that neither Charles nor Camilla could stay away from one another, and the two tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, on April 9 2005.

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Who was Camilla's first husband?

Before officially becoming King Charles' wife, Camilla was married to Andrew Parker Bowles, a retired British Army officer.

Tying the knot in 1973 and eventually breaking things off in 1995, the marriage lasted 22 years and saw them have two children.

How old is Camilla and how many children does she have?

Born in 1947, Camilla is now 75 and is a mum to two children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, both of whom she shares from her previous marriage with Andrew Parker Bowles.

The two, according to royal experts, tend to shy away from the public spotlight and it is believed they will carry on wanting things to stay that way.

Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles

Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles, born December 18, 1974, in London, is the eldest child of Camilla and Andrew.

Tom is a British food writer, food critic and author of seven cookbooks – in 2010, he won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for his writings on British food.

He is also known for his appearances as a judge in numerous television food series and for his reviews of restaurant meals around the UK and overseas for GQ, Esquire, and The Mail on Sunday.

He shares two children from a previous marriage associate editor of Harpers & Queen magazine and senior editor of British Town & Country magazine, Sara Buys.

Laura Lopes

Laura Rose Lopes, born January 1, 1978, is the second child of Camilla and Andrew – and the stepdaughter of King Charles III.

She is an English art curator and co-founding partner and gallery director of London's Eleven gallery.

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Laura is married to chartered accountant Harry Marcus George Lopes, after the pair wed in May 2006.

Laura and her husband share three children, daughter Eliza and twin sons Gus and Louis.

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