Laura Parker Bowles

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Laura Rose Parker Bowles
Born (1978-01-01) 1 January 1978 (age 36)
London, England
Spouse(s) Harry Lopes (m. 2006)
Children 3
Parents Andrew Parker Bowles
Camilla Shand
Relatives Tom Parker Bowles (brother)
Ann de Trafford (paternal grandmother)
Bruce Shand (maternal grandfather)
The Hon. Rosalind Maud Cubitt (maternal grandmother)
Annabel Shand (aunt)
Mark Shand (uncle)
Derek Paravicini (cousin)
Ben Elliot (cousin)
Emma Parker Bowles (cousin)

Laura Rose Lopes (née Parker Bowles) is the daughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Andrew Parker Bowles. Her mother's remarriage in 2005 made Charles, Prince of Wales, her stepfather. She has one elder brother, Tom Parker Bowles. Through marriage, she is a member of the Astor family.

Family, education and career[edit]

Laura Lopes and her brother Tom were raised Roman Catholic. Both their father and their paternal grandmother, Ann, were also Catholic. Through her father, she is a first cousin of musical prodigy Derek Paravicini.[1] Lopes was educated at St Mary's, Shaftesbury, a Catholic girls boarding school in Dorset.[2][3] She then attended Oxford Brookes University, where she studied History of Art and Marketing.[4]

In 2001, Lopes spent three months as an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice,[5] where she said years later that she still visited when in Venice.[6] She was Tatler's motoring correspondent in 2001 when her brother Tom was hired as a food columnist at the same magazine.[7] She managed The Space Gallery in London's Belgravia area in the mid-2000s,[3][8][9] and in October 2005 became a co-founding partner and gallery director of London's Eleven gallery.[6][10][11][12]

Marriage[edit]

In 2006, Lopes married chartered accountant Harry Lopes.[13] He is the grandson of the 2nd Baron Roborough, as well as of the 2nd Baron and Baroness Astor of Hever. Harry studied at the University of Edinburgh and Eton College, and formerly worked as a Calvin Klein underwear model.[13] He stands to inherit Gnaton Hall, near Plymouth in Devon, and the 3,000-acre (12 km²) Skelpick estate in the Scottish Highlands.[14]

The wedding took place on 6 May 2006 in St Cyriac's Church, an 11th-century Anglican church in Lacock, Wiltshire.[13][15] 400-500 guests attended the wedding, including her father, mother, brother, step-mother, step-father, step-brothers Prince William and Prince Harry, and William's then-girlfriend Kate Middleton.[15][16] The reception was held at Ray Mill, the nearby estate of the bride's mother.[15]

Children[edit]

In July 2007, Lopes announced to the News of the World that she and her husband were expecting their first child, anticipated for January 2008. She gave birth to a daughter, Eliza, on 16 January.[17] In July 2009 it was announced that the Lopeses were expecting twins.[18] On Wednesday 30 December 2009, Laura Lopes gave birth to fraternal twin boys named Gus and Louis.[19]

Eliza was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011.[20]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffiths, Sian (24 Feb 2008). "Derek Paravicini, the Parker Bowles prodigy". The Sunday Times. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Andrew Parker Bowles". duchess-of-cornwall.co.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Dignified silence of the other half". Halifax Courier. 30 March 2005. "A history graduate, she runs The Space Gallery in London’s Belgravia and is described as 'level-headed'. After attending a convent boarding school in Dorset, she went backpacking with friends through South America." 
  4. ^ "Lifestyles". Hello Magazine. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tom and Laura". Hello Magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Deakin, Annie; Shaw, Lucy (30 March 2007). "The World Experts; Gallerists". The Evening Standard. "The 28-year-old daughter of Camilla Parker Bowles is gallery director at Eleven Fine Art. ... When in Venice I visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, where I studied." 
  7. ^ Slater, Nigel (10 June 2001). "Top nosh, not too posh". The Guardian. "(Laura Parker Bowles is Tatler's motoring correspondent.)" 
  8. ^ Newsweek Staff (5 April 2005). "Meet the Parker Bowles Windsors". Newsweek. "Laura has backpacked around South America with friends, works in an art gallery in London's Belgravia area and is said to be very close to both her mother and father Andrew Parker Bowles." 
  9. ^ "In the December issue: Sam Pelly's exhibition launch". Tatler. 1 November 2004. "Jam the Clam entertained the throng with delicious oysters and jokes, and lovely Laura Parker Bowles (the gallery's manager) ran around plying everyone with alcohol." 
  10. ^ Gleadell, Colin (3 July 2007). "Market News: Colin Gleadell rounds up the latest developments in the art market". The Telegraph. "Hats off to Charlie Phillips and Laura Parker Bowles of Eleven gallery in Pimlico, south London, who have given the famous milliner Philip Treacy the run of the gallery for its latest exhibition, which opens tomorrow." 
  11. ^ "Eleven Fine Art – Background". Eleven. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Eleven gallery: About". Eleven. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "Camilla's daughter marries model". BBC News. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Eden, Richard (15 November 2008). "Duchess of Cornwall and a new Sheriff in charge". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c Laura Collins, Amanda Perthen (7 May 2006). "Lovely Laura Bowles them over". Daily mail. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Prince Charles' stepdaughter marries". smh.com. 7 May 2006. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Update: Laura Lopes welcomes daughter Eliza". People. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Camilla and Charles get ready to welcome twin grandchildren". Hello! Daily News. 23 July 2009. 
  19. ^ "Two more grandchildren for Camilla". smh.com. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton and Prince William's bridesmaids and page boys". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 July 2012.