|Born||Laura Rose Parker Bowles
1 January 1978
|Spouse(s)||Harry Lopes (m. 2006)|
|Parent(s)||Andrew Parker Bowles
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Laura Rose Lopes (née Parker Bowles; born 1 January 1978) is a British art curator. Lopes 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.
Family, education and career
Laura Lopes grew up at Bolehyde Manor in Allington, Wiltshire and later Middlewick House in Corsham, Wiltshire. She and her brother Tom were raised as Roman Catholics. Both their father and their paternal grandmother, Ann, were also Catholic.
Lopes was educated at St Mary's Shaftesbury, a Catholic girls boarding school in Dorset. In the 1980s, she and her brother attended Heywood Preparatory School in Corsham. She later attended Oxford Brookes University, where she studied History of Art and Marketing.
In 2001, Lopes spent three months as an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, where she said years later that she still visited when in Venice. She was Tatler's motoring correspondent in 2001 when her brother Tom was hired as a food columnist at the same magazine. Lopes managed The Space Gallery in London's Belgravia area in the mid-2000s, and in October 2005 became a co-founding partner and gallery director of London's Eleven gallery.
In 2006, Lopes married chartered accountant Harry Lopes. He is the grandson of Massey Lopes, 2nd Baron Roborough and Helen Dawson, as well as of Gavin Astor, 2nd Baron Astor of Hever and Irene Haig of the Astor family. Harry studied at Eton College and the University of Edinburgh, and formerly worked as a Calvin Klein underwear model. He stands to inherit Gnaton Hall, near Plymouth in Devon, and the 3,000-acre (12 km²) Skelpick estate in the Scottish Highlands.
The wedding took place on 6 May 2006 in St Cyriac's Church, an 11th-century Anglican church in Lacock, Wiltshire. Lopes wore a wedding dress by Anna Valentine, the same designer known for designing her mother's dress for her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 2005. 400-500 guests attended the wedding and more than 2,000 well-wishers lined the streets after the ceremony. The reception was held at Ray Mill, the nearby estate of the bride's mother.
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 (now aged 8). In July 2009, it was announced that they were expecting twins and on 30 December 2009 she gave birth to fraternal twin boys named Gus and Louis (now aged 6). Eliza was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011.
|Ancestors of Laura Lopes|
- "Curator Laura Parker Bowles attends the private view...". Getty images. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- Sara Parker Bowles (3 December 2013). "Alice and Laura's Pimlico Road Christmas Pop up shop". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
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- "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.
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- 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.
- Slater, Nigel (10 June 2001). "Top nosh, not too posh". The Guardian.
(Laura Parker Bowles is Tatler's motoring correspondent.)
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
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- "A Stylish Union". Vogue. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
- "Update: Laura Lopes welcomes daughter Eliza". People. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Camilla and Charles get ready to welcome twin grandchildren". Hello!. 23 July 2009.
- "Two more grandchildren for Camilla". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton and Prince William's bridesmaids and page boys". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 July 2012.