Bruce Shand

Army Officer
Born Jan 22, 1917

Major Bruce Middleton Hope Shand, MC anzd bar, DL, was an officer in the British Army. He is best known as the father of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales.

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1917 Birth Born in 1917.
1921 4 Years Old Shand's mother remarried Herbert Charles Tippet, a golf course designer. Contrary to some newspaper reports, young Shand was not abandoned by his mother and stepfather but was taken to live with them in Westbury, Long Island, New York, in 1921, a passage of his life that he omitted from his autobiography, giving the erroneous impression of having been abandoned.
1923 6 Years Old After visiting England in June 1923, Bruce and his mother returned to the US in September 1923 with the stated intent (according to US immigration records) of residing permanently in the United States and taking US citizenship. … Read More
1927 10 Years Old His mother and stepfather returned to Britain in 1927, then moved to Ireland in the 1930s. … Read More


1937 20 Years Old Shand was sent to France to learn French. He was educated at Rugby and Sandhurst and was commissioned into the 12th Lancers as a second lieutenant on 28 January 1937. … Read More
Shand was promoted to lieutenant on 28 January 1940. … Read More
1942 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He won his second MC in January 1942, covering the withdrawal of armoured cars of the 6th Rajputana Rifles in the face of a strong counterattack by the Afrika Corps. … Read More
1945 28 Years Old 1 More Event
While a prisoner of war, he was promoted to the rank of war-substantive captain and to the substantive rank of captain on 28 January 1945.
1946 29 Years Old On 2 January 1946, he married the Hon Rosalind Maud Cubitt, daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe and the former Sonia Rosemary Keppel. … Read More


1956 39 Years Old …  He remained passionate about fox hunting, and was Master of Southdown Fox Hounds from 1956 to 1975. … Read More


1990 73 Years Old In 1990, he wrote a war memoir entitled Previous Engagements and was the editor of a fellow army officer Tom Bishop's memoirs titled One Young Soldier: The Memoirs of a Cavalryman, which was published in 1993.
2006 89 Years Old He died from cancer in 2006, aged 89 at his home in Stourpaine, Dorset, with his family at his bedside. … Read More
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