Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
by Mario Testino
C-type colour print, 2006
49 1/4 in. x 65 3/4 in. (1250 mm x 1670 mm) overall
Sitterback to top
- Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (1947-), Former wife of Andrew Parker Bowles, and later second wife of Prince Charles. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mario Testino (1954-), Photographer. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Photographed on the first anniversary of her wedding to Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall appears relaxed and confident in the elegant surroundings of Clarence House, the London residence of the couple. The comfortable pose, the choice of non ceremonial clothes and Camilla’s unguarded smile all signal a more informal approach to royal portraiture, appropriate to a modern monarchy.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Clarence House, St James's)
Events of 2006back to top
Current affairsThe Loans for Peerages affair erupts after four businessmen who gave unpublished loans to the Labour Party are nominated for peerages. The scandal revealed a legal loophole: while political parties must declare all large donations, they were not required to declare loans. This led the Police to investigate whether the parties had broken the 1925 Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act, and to Lord Levy and Tony Blair.
Art and scienceA year of blockbuster exhibitions including Modernism at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a Surrealism exhibition at the Haywood Gallery, Michaelangelo Drawings at the British Museum, Valezqueth at the National Gallery, Rodin at the Royal Academy, Holbein at Tate Britain, and David Hockney Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.
InternationalFollowing the kidnapping of two Israeli Soldiers by Lebanese Hezbollah militants, Israel launches a heavy artillery attack and ground invasion on Lebanon. In response Hezbollah launched rockets into northern Israel and engaged the Israeli Defence Forces in guerrilla warfare. The conflict ended after claiming over 1500 lives - mostly Lebanese civilians - with a UN resolution calling for Hezbollah's disarmament and Israel's withdrawal of troops from Lebanon.
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