The Perche, region of emigration to Quebec in the 17th century
The Perche, region of emigration
to Quebec in the 17th century
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Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall


Her Percheron ancestors
(in French)


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall from the Perche to the British royal family

Ancestry of Camilla, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on 17 July 1947 at King's College Hospital, London. When Her Duchess married Prince Charles on 9 April 2005 in Windsor, she brought some Percheron blood to the British royal family.

from the Perche to the British royal family...

To find the trace of the Percheron ancestors of Camilla, it is not necessary to cross the English Channel but to cross the Atlantic and to join Canada as William Coutts Keppel did it , one of the great-great-grandfathers of Camilla, born in London on April 15, 1832.

William Coutts Keppel married Sophia Mary MacNab on November 15, 1855 in Hamilton (Ontario-Canada). Sophia was a descendant of Marie Josèphe Guyon born in Grondines in Quebec on October 13, 1715 and whose three great-grandparents were Percheron emigrants:

 • Jean Guyon, baptized at Saint-Jean Church in Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne, France) on August 1, 1619, son of the pioneers Jean Guyon and Mathurine Marie Robin, the direct ancestors of Celine Dion, that makes Camilla a cousin of Celine Dion
 • Zacharie Cloutier, also baptized at Saint-Jean Church in Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne, France) on August 16, 1617, son of the pioneers Zacharie Cloutier and Xainte Dupont
 • Jean Baptiste Trottier, son of Jules Trottier and Catherine Loiseau, emigrants originating from the vicinity of Igé (Orne, France), born in July 1646 when crossing the Atlantic from la Rochelle to Quebec on board the vessel 'Le Cardinal'. Madonna being one descendant of Jules Trottier and Catherine Loiseau, Camilla is Madonna's cousin!

The family tree of Camilla counts another Percheron branch via the great-great-grandmother of Marie Josèphe Guyon, Marie Boucher born in Mortagne-au-Perche in 1619, daughter of Boucher Gaspard and Nicole Lemaire born in Mortagne in 1599 and in Mamers (Sarthe) in 1595 respectively.

Charles and Camilla, stamp sold on April 8, 2005 for the celebration of the Royal wedding

Those family ties between Camilla and the Percheron emigrants are the reflection of the official registers. However, the paternity of the maternal grandmother of Camilla, Sonia Rosemary Keppel, is being disputed. It could be that Camilla is not genetically related to the Percheron pioneers.

Alice Frederica Edmonstone, Camilla's great-grandmother, married George Keppel on June 1, 1891. After having given birth to a first daughter Violet on June 6, Alice became in 1898 and during the next twelve years the mistress of Prince of Wales, who became King Edward VII of England on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Sonia, Alice's second daughter, was born on May 24, 1900 in London. Who is the biological father of Sonia? Nobody can say it with certainty. Legally it was decided when George acknowledged Sonia as his child and gave her his name (Keppel). Thus officially, Camilla has Percheron-French blood and Celine Dion and Madonna are her cousins.

 • Programme de recherche en démographie historique (Research Program in Historical Demography) PRDH - Université de Montréal
 • note of William Addams Reitwiesner

The Percheron ancestors of Camilla, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla has many ancestors originating from the Perche (France). All immigrated in the 17th century. They came from the following villages (note that the ancestor pages are available in French only):

- Chemilly (
Jules Trottier, Catherine Loiseau)

- Mortagne-au-Perche (Gaspard Boucher, Zacharie Cloutier, Xainte Dupont, Nicole Lemaire, Mathurine Robin)

- Tourouvre (Jean Guyon)

(1592 Tourouvre - 1663 Beauport)
ROBIN Mathurine
(- 1662 Beauport)
(1619 Mortagne - 1694 Château-Richer)
COUILLARD Elisabeth Isabelle
GUYON Joseph
(~1590 Mortagne 1677 Château-Richer)
(~1596 Mortagne 1680 Château-Richer)
(1617 Mortagne - 1708 Château-Richer)
EMARD Marie Madeleine
CLOUTIER Geneviève
(~ 1590 vicinity of Igé - 1655 Trois-Rivières)
LOISEAU Catherine
(~ 1603 vicinity of Igé - 1656 Trois-Rivières)
TROTTIER Jean Baptiste
(1646 océan Atlantique -1703 Batiscan)
(~ 1599 Mortagne -)
(1595 Mamers -)
(1629 Mortagne - 1706 Batiscan)
LAFOND Étienne
LAFOND Geneviève

GUYON Joseph (1682-1754)

TROTTIER Marie (~ 1668-1739)
GUILLET Louis (-)
GUILLET Marie Élisabeth (1694-)

GUYON Marie Josèphe (1715-)
COURSOLLE Michel (~ 1712-1775)
COURSOLLE Marie Charlotte (1756-1805)
JONES Ephraim (1750-1812)
JONES Sophia (1785-1837)
STUART John (1777-1829)
STUART Mary (1812-1846)
MACNAB Allen Napier (1798-1862)
MACNAB Sophia Mary (1832-1917)
KEPPEL William Coutts (1832-1894)
KEPPEL Honourable George (1865-1947)
EDMONSTONE Alice Frederica (1869-1947)
KEPPEL Sonia Rosemary (1900-1986)
CUBITT Roland Calvert (1899-1962)
CUBITT Honourable Rosalind Maud (1921-1994)
SHAND Bruce Middleton Hope (1917-2006)
SHAND Camilla Rosemary (1947)
Camilla, from the Perche to the British royal family