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10 fun facts about Camilla

- May 17th, 2012
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a tour of a bakery last month. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/REUTERS)

Ahead of the royal tour, which kicks off officially on Monday, here are 10 fun facts about the HRH Duchess of Cornwall (or the HRH the Duchess of Rothesay as she is known in Scotland).

1. Camilla is permitted to use HRH the Princess of Wales, but chose not to out of respect for Princess Diana.

2. Her hobbies include reading, watching television, fishing, walking in the countryside, gardening, and oil painting.

3. A new rose was named the Duchess of Cornwall in her honour in 2005.

4. She’s a distant relative of Madonna and Celine Dion.

5. She owns three Jack Russell terriers: Tosca, Rosie and Beth.

6. She’s a huge fan of the TV show The Killing. So much so that on a recent tour of Scandinavia, she asked to visit the set and even seemed a little star struck by the actors.

7. It’s been reported her secret to staying young is using bee venom masks. They’re known as “organic face lifts.” The website for Heaven by Deborah Mitchell says the product “contains the magic bee venom ingredient that works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming, whilst getting to work on frown lines and wrinkles.”

8. In April, she was appointed to the highest female rank of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen. She was made a Dame Grand Cross. The move was seen by many as being the Queen’s final seal of approval for her son’s former mistress-turned wife.

9. She used to work as a secretary.

10. She used to smoke, but gave it up because Prince Charles detests the habit.