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Perche, region of emigration
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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


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 Ocean 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). She is the daughter of Mary Stuart and Sir Allan Napier MacNab (1798-1862) who served as joint Premier of the Province of Canada from 1854 to 1856.

In Mary Stuart's family tree, we discover her great-grandmother 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 Marie Boucher, the great-great-grandmother of Marie Josephe Guyon, 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. Alice Frederica Edmonstone, Camilla's great-grandmother, married George Keppel, son of William Coutts 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 The 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.

    Perche
    GUYON Jean
    (1592-1663 )
    ROBIN Mathurine
    (- 1662)

    GUYON Jean
    (1619-1694)
    ⚭ COUILLARD Elisabeth
    (1631-1704)
    Perche
    CLOUTIER Zacharie
    (~1590-1677)
    DUPONT Xainte
    (~1596-1680)

    CLOUTIER Zacharie
    (1617-1708)
    ⚭ EMARD Marie Madeleine
    (1626-1708)
    Perche
    TROTTIER Jules
    (~1590-1655)
    LOISEAU Catherine
    (~1603-1656)
    Perche
    BOUCHER Gaspard
    (1599-)
    LEMAIRE Nicole
    (1595-)

    BOUCHER Marie
    (1629-1706)
    ⚭ LAFOND etienne
    (~1615-1665)
    GUYON Joseph
    (1649-1712)>
    CLOUTIER Genevieve
    (1655-1725)
    TROTTIER Jean Baptiste
    (1646-1703)
    LAFOND Genevieve
    (1652-)











    GUYON Joseph (1682-1754)
    TROTTIER Marie (~1668-1739)
    ⚭ GUILLET Louis (-)

    GUILLET Marie elisabeth (1694-)





    GUYON Marie Josephe (1715-1807)
    ⚭ COURSOLLE Michel (1707-1775)

    COURSOLLE Marie Charlotte (1756-1805)
    ⚭ JONES Ephraim (1750-1812)

    JONES Sophia (1785-1837)
    ⚭ STUART John (1777-1829)

    STUART Mary (1812-1846)
    ⚭ MACNAB Allan Napier (1798-1862)

    MACNAB Sophia Mary (1832-1917)
    ⚭ KEPPEL William Coutts (1832-1894)

    KEPPEL George (1865-1947)
    ⚭ EDMONSTONE Alice Frederica (1869-1947)

    KEPPEL Sonia Rosemary (1900-1986)
    ⚭ CUBITT Roland Calvert (1899-1962)

    CUBITT Rosalind Maud (1921-1994)
    ⚭ SHAND Bruce Middleton Hope (1917-2006)

    SHAND Camilla Rosemary (1947)
    HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
    from Perche (France) to the British royal family....

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


  • 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.

    Emigrants Baptism year Baptism (or birth) place Emigration year Death year Death place
    Boucher Gaspard 1599*Mortagne-au-Perche1634*-Canada
    Cloutier Zacharie 1590*Mortagne-au-Perche16341677Chateau-Richer
    Cloutier Zacharie 1617Mortagne-au-Perche16341708Chateau-Richer
    Dupont Xainte 1595*Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1680Chateau-Richer
    Guyon Jean 1592Tourouvre16341663Beauport
    Guyon Jean 1619Mortagne-au-Perche16341694Chateau-Richer
    Lemaire Nicole 1595Mamers1635*-Trois-Rivieres
    Loiseau Catherine 1603*Perche16461656Trois-Rivieres
    Robin Mathurine end 16thMortagne-au-Perche1636*1662Beauport
    Trottier Jules 1590*Perche16461655Trois-Rivieres
    Emigrants Baptism year Baptism (or birth) place Emigration year Death year Death place
    Boucher Gaspard 1599*Mortagne-au-Perche1634*-Canada
    Cloutier Zacharie 1590*Mortagne-au-Perche16341677Chateau-Richer
    Cloutier Zacharie 1617Mortagne-au-Perche16341708Chateau-Richer
    Dupont Xainte 1595*Mortagne-au-Perche1635*1680Chateau-Richer
    Guyon Jean 1592Tourouvre16341663Beauport
    Guyon Jean 1619Mortagne-au-Perche16341694Chateau-Richer
    Lemaire Nicole 1595Mamers1635*-Trois-Rivieres
    Loiseau Catherine 1603*Perche16461656Trois-Rivieres
    Robin Mathurine end 16thMortagne-au-Perche1636*1662Beauport
    Trottier Jules 1590*Perche16461655Trois-Rivieres

    note
     [*]  Estimated year

    HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
    French ancestry of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

    French ancestry of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

    perche-quebec.com has climbed the branches of Her Royal Highness's genealogical tree until her French roots. In addition to Perche, three other French regions are represented in the family tree of The Duchess of Cornwall:
     • Brittany: Guillaume Couillard, sailor & carpenter for the Compagnie des Marchands, born in 1538 in Saint-Malo.
     • Paris: Louis Hebert, apothecary, known as the first pioneer to settle in New France, born in 1575 in Paris. His daughter Guillemette will marry Guillaume Couillard.
     • Poitou-Charentes: Michel Coursolle born in La Flotte (Île de Re) in 1707 who married Marie Josephe Guyon in 1739 in Vercheres (Quebec); Madeleine Emard born in Niort (Deux-Sèvres) around 1626 who married the Percheron pioneer Zacharie Cloutier Jr. in 1648 in La Rochelle; the couple Pierre Guillet born around 1628 (Aunis) and Jeanne Saint-Pair born in 1627 in Saint-Jean-d'Angely (Charente-Maritime); Etienne Lafond born around 1615 in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Barriere (Saintonge) who married the Percheron Marie Boucher (1629-1706) in Quebec in 1645.

    See details here.

    HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

    source & infographics perche-quebec.com

    Camilla, a descendant of Louise de Keroual

    In the family tree of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, there is another French branch not related to Quebec but Brittany with Louise Renée de Penancoët de Keroual, Duchess of Portsmouth and Aubigny, born in September 1649 in Guilers (Finistère, France).

    Coming from the Breton gentry, Louise moved to the court of Louis XIV in Versailles to become maid of honor to Henriette of England, wife of the Duc d’Orléans, Louis XIV’s brother, who is best known as Monsieur. The Sun King made her his agent of influence in England to defend the interests of France and Catholicism there. In 1670, Louise de Keroual accompanied Madame on a diplomatic visit to her brother, the King of England Charles II. She was noticed by the English sovereign and became his favorite mistress for about fifteen years. In 1672, this liaison gave birth to an illegitimate child Charles Lennox who will be recognized and ennobled; he was created Duke of Richmond in 1675.

    In 1685 on the death of Charles II, Louise de Keroual returned to France. She settled in Brest then retired to her land in Aubigny (Berry) which was once the land of the Stuarts in France. She died in Paris in 1734.

    William Coutts Keppel, great-great-grandfather of Camilla, born in London on April 15, 1832 is a descendant of Charles Lennox, son of Louise de Keroual and King Charles II. The Duke of Richmond's descent also includes Diana, Princess of Wales, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Jane Birkin.

    source
  • BOULAIRE Alain. Louise de Keroual. Brest , Le Télégramme (Editions) - Pêcheur d'images (Editions), 2011, 193 p. (ISBN 978-2848332543)


  • de PENANCOËT Louise Renée (1649-1734)
    Louise de Keroual, Duchess of Portsmouth and Aubigny
    STUART Charles (1630-1685)
    Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland
    Louise de Keroual, Duchess of Portsmouth and Aubigny
    Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland



    LENNOX Charles (1672-1723)
    ⚭ 1692 BRUDENELL Anne (~ 1671-1722)





    LENNOX Charles (1701-1750)
    ⚭ 1719 CADOGAN Sarah (1705-1751)

    LENNOX George (1737-1805)
    ⚭ 1759 KERR Louisa

    LENNOX Charles (1764-1819)
    ⚭ 1789 GORDON Charlotte (1768-1842)

    GORDON-LENNOX Charles (1791-1860)
    ⚭ 1817 PAGET Caroline (1797-1874)

    GORDON-LENNOX Cecilia Catherine
    ⚭ BINGHAM Charles George (1830-1914)
    LENNOX Anne (1703-1789)
    ⚭ 1722 van KEPPEL Willem (William) Anne (1702-1754)


    KEPPEL Elizabeth (1739-1768)
    ⚭ 1764 RUSSELL Francis (1739-1767)

    RUSSELL John (1766-1839)
    ⚭ 1803 GORDON Georgiana (1781-1853)

    RUSSELL Louisa Jane (1812-1905)
    ⚭ 1832 HAMILTON James (1811-1885)

    HAMILTON James (1838-1913)
    ⚭ 1869 CURZON-HOWE Mary Anna (1848-1929)
    KEPPEL George (1724-1772)
    ⚭ MILLER Anne (-1824)

    KEPPEL William Charles (1772-1849)
    ⚭ 1792 SOUTHWELL Elizabeth (1776-1817)

    KEPPEL George Thomas (1799-1891)
    ⚭ 1831 TROTTER Susan (-1885)

    KEPPEL William Coutts (1832-1894)
    ⚭ 1855 MACNAB Sophia Mary (1832-1917)

    KEPPEL George (1865-1947)
    ⚭ 1891 EDMONSTONE Alice Frederica (1868-1947)

    KEPPEL Sonia Rosemary (1900-1986)
    ⚭ 1920 CUBITT Roland Calvert (1899-1962)

    CUBITT Rosalind Maud (1921-1994)
    ⚭ 1946 SHAND Bruce Middleton Hope (1917-2006)

    SHAND Camilla Rosemary (1947)
    HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
    from Perche (France) to the British royal family....
    BINGHAM Rosalind Cecilia Caroline (1869-1958) HAMILTON James Albert Edward (1869-1953)


    ⚭ 1894



    HAMILTON Cynthia Ellinor Beatrix (1897-1972)
    ⚭ 1919 SPENCER Albert Edward John (1892-1975)

    SPENCER Edward John (1924-1992)
    ⚭ 1954 ROCHE Frances Ruth (1936-2004)

    SPENCER Diana Frances (1961-1997)
    Diana, Princess of Wales
    Diana, Princess of Wales

    source & infographics perche-quebec.com

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, a cousin of Hillary Clinton, Madonna, Celine Dion, Justin Trudeau, Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie and Justin Bieber...

    perche-quebec.com 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 perche-quebec.com
    The Duchess of Cornwall has many family ties with the famous descendants of those Percheron pioneers.

    perche-quebec.com has found out not less than:
     • 96 family links with Isabelle Boulay
     • 80 family links with Fabienne Thibeault
     • 56 family links with Marc Ouellet
     • 52 family links with Justin Bieber
     • 48 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 Jean Paul Lemieux
     • 12 family links with Xavier Dolan
     • 10 family links with Alanis Morissette
     • 8 family links with James Carrey
     • 8 family links with Hillary Clinton
     • 8 family links with Ryan Gosling
     • 12 family links with Lynda Lemay
     • 6 family links with Jack Kerouac
     • 6 family links with Justin Trudeau
     • 4 family links with Angelina Jolie
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