Mrs Parker Bowles' engagement ring is a Windsor family heirloom that belonged to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. With a 1920s platinum setting, it is composed of a square-cut central diamond flanked by six diamond baguettes.
What was Camilla's hold on the Prince? Ironically, it appears to be sexual. Here he was, married to one of the most beautiful and desired women in the world, yet he couldn't get out from under the thrall of a plain older woman. We know all this because of the famous Camilla tapes, perhaps the most embarrassing conversation in British history.
Duchess of Cornwall The former Camilla Parker Bowles née Shand became Princess of Wales (although she chooses not to use the title) in April 2005, 35 years after she and Prince Charles first met at a polo match. She is the great-granddaughter of Alice Keppel, mistress to King Edward VII. She is proving an excellent consort: dutiful, but not subservient; neat, but not glam; charitable, but not saintly - she drinks and swears; amenable, but with no discernible interest in the limelight.