Perche, region of emigration
to Quebec in the 17th century
Perche, region of emigration to Quebec in the 17th century

Ancestry of Camilla, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall is the daughter of Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand and The Hon Rosalind Maud Shand (nee Cubitt), the daughter of 3rd Baron Ashcombe, who married on January 2nd, 1946 at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge.

She was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on July 17, 1947 at King’s College Hospital, London, the eldest of three children. Her Royal Highness has a sister, Annabel Elliot; her brother, Mark Shand, died in 2014.

When Her Royal Highness married Prince Charles at the Guildhall in Windsor on April 9, 2005, she brought some French blood to the British royal family.

The Duchess was previously married to Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles and the marriage was dissolved in 1995. The couple had two children, Thomas Henry and Laura Rose, born in 1974 and 1978 respectively. The Prince of Wales is godfather to Tom Parker Bowles.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's family tree

Camilla, duchesse de Cornouailles
Ascendance française de Camilla, duchesse de Cornouailles

French ancestry of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has climbed the branches of Her Royal Highness's genealogical tree until her French roots. See details here.

from Perche (France) to the British royal family...

To find the trace of the French-Percheron ancestors of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, 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 Josephe 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 Ige (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 Josephe 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, France) in 1595 respectively.

    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.
    GUYON Jean
    (1592 Tourouvre - 1663 Beauport)
    ROBIN Mathurine
    (- 1662 Beauport)
    GUYON Jean
    (1619 Mortagne - 1694 Château-Richer)
    COUILLARD Elisabeth Isabelle
    GUYON Joseph
    CLOUTIER Zacharie
    (~1590 Mortagne - 1677 Château-Richer)
    DUPONT Xainte
    (~1596 Mortagne - 1680 Château-Richer)
    CLOUTIER Zacharie
    (1617 Mortagne - 1708 Château-Richer)
    EMARD Marie Madeleine
    CLOUTIER Genevieve
    TROTTIER Jules
    (~ 1590 vicinity of Ige - 1655 Trois-Rivieres)
    LOISEAU Catherine
    (~ 1603 vicinity of Ige - 1656 Trois-Rivieres)
    TROTTIER Jean Baptiste
    (1646 Atlantic Ocean -1703 Batiscan)
    BOUCHER Gaspard
    (1599 Mortagne -)
    LEMAIRE Nicole
    (1595 Mamers -)
    BOUCHER Marie
    (1629 Mortagne - 1706 Batiscan)
    LAFOND Étienne
    (~ 1615-1665)
    LAFOND Genevieve

    GUYON Joseph (1682-1754)

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

    GUYON Marie Josephe (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)
    from Perche (France) to the British royal family...

  • Programme de recherche en demographie historique (Research Program in Historical Demography) PRDH - University of Montreal
  • Note of William Addams Reitwiesner

  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, a cousin of Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Celine Dion, Justin Trudeau, Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie and Justin Bieber... has discovered that Her Royal Highness has many family ties with other celebrities in politics (Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau), the film industry (Xavier Dolan, Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie) and in music (Madonna, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Alanis Morissette). All those celebrities have in common French-Canadian pioneers, and in particular Percheron pioneers.

    For instance, Jean Guyon, the direct ancestor of Celine Dion and the Percheron pioneer Zacharie Cloutier, an ancestor of most of the celebrities mentioned before, who was born in Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne, France).

    As strange as it may seem, there is nothing exceptional about those family ties. As the Percheron pioneers were among the very first French settlers to arrive in what was then known as New France, most of people with French-Canadian ancestry have Percheron blood and are more or less related.

    Famous cousins of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

    Famous cousins of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
    source & infographics
    The Duchess of Cornwall has many family ties with the famous descendants of those Percheron pioneers. has found out not less than:
     • 80 family links with Fabienne Thibeault
     • 56 family links with Marc Ouellet
     • 52 family links with Justin Bieber
     • 46 family links with Diane Tell
     • 32 family links with Madonna
     • 20 family links with Celine Dion
     • 20 family links with Diane Dufresne
     • 18 family links with Isabelle Boulay
     • 18 family links with Jean Paul Lemieux
     • 12 family links with Xavier Dolan
     • 8 family links with James Carrey
     • 8 family links with Hillary Clinton
     • 8 family links with Ryan Gosling
     • 8 family links with Alanis Morissette
     • 12 family links with Lynda Lemay
     • 6 family links with Jack Kerouac
     • 6 family links with Justin Trudeau
     • 4 family links with Angelina Jolie

    The Percheron ancestors of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

    Her Royal Highness has ten pioneer ancestors originating from Perche (France). All immigrated in the 17th century.

    Pioneers Baptism year Baptism (or birth) place Emigration year Death year Death place
    Boucher Gaspard 1599*Mortagne-au-Perche1634*Canada
    Cloutier Zacharie 1590*Mortagne-au-Perche16341677Château-Richer
    Cloutier Zacharie 1617Mortagne-au-Perche16341708Château-Richer
    Dupont Xainte1595*Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1680Château-Richer
    Guyon Jean 1592Tourouvre16341663Beauport
    Guyon Jean 1619Mortagne-au-Perche16341694Château-Richer
    Lemaire Nicole 1595Mamers1635*Trois-Rivieres
    Loiseau Catherine 1603*Perche16461656Trois-Rivieres
    Robin Mathurinefin XVIeMortagne-au-Perche1636*1662Beauport
    Trottier Jules1590*Perche16461655Trois-Rivieres

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