Bruce Shand
British Army officer
Bruce Shand
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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Major Bruce Shand, 89, le père de Camilla Bowes Parker (Duchesse de Corwall), la seconde femme du Prince Charles. 1979. John Wayne, 72 ans, 40 ans de carrière, 250 films, l'Oscar du meilleur acteur pour son rôle de marshall dans "True Grit", en 1969
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Hay Festival 2011: a childhood cause close to Camilla's heart - Telegraph.co.uk
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Camilla Shand, as she was, absorbed all those lessons from an early age because Major Bruce Shand, her father, was demobbed around the time she was born in 1947, and was setting up a wine business. Later he wrote a book himself, Previous Engagements,
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Drink and drive? Prince Charles knocks back the wine at a tasting session ... - Daily Mail
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Camilla has an extensive knowledge of grape varieties and vineyards, passed down from her father Major Bruce Shand, who was a wine merchant. So when the royal couple visited the vineyard owned by Adrian White on the rolling valleys of the North Downs,
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Camilla lays wreath at Hastings cemetery - BBC News
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The duchess's father, Major Bruce Shand, was vice-lord lieutenant of East Sussex and the family lived near Plumpton Racecourse. She was baptised at a church in Firle and attended Dumbrells School in Sussex
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A Century of Royal Weddings, Anne and Charles, Act 2 - Lez Get Real
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Camilla was bor July 1947 in London, but grew up opposite the Plumpton Racecourse, East Sussex, by parents Major Bruce Shand, an officer turned wine merchant who had been a POW during World War II, and The Honourable Rosalind Cubitt, eldest child of
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Official photographer 'excited' - Times of Malta
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On one side of the white drawing room were the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and William and Harry, while on the other side were Camilla's children Tom and Laura and her father Major Bruce Shand, who died a year later. The photographer has had an interest
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 89
    He died from cancer in 2006, aged 89 at his home in Stourpaine, Dorset, with his family at his bedside.
    More Details Hide Details After a funeral service at the Holy Trinity Church in Stourpaine on 16 June, Shand's body was cremated.
  • 1990
    Age 73
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 39
    He remained passionate about fox hunting, and was Master of Southdown Fox Hounds from 1956 to 1975.
    More Details Hide Details He was Exon and later Adjutant and Clerk of the Cheque of the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard. Shand supported the Conservative Party in the UK. His wife Rosalind died on 14 July 1994, aged 72, having long suffered from osteoporosis.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 29
    On 2 January 1946, he married the Hon Rosalind Maud Cubitt, daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe and the former Sonia Rosemary Keppel.
    More Details Hide Details They had two daughters, Camilla (b. 1947), Annabel (b. 1949) and a son, Mark (1951–2014). He kept a house in Plumpton in Sussex and a second in South Kensington, but later moved to Dorset. He had different business interests, most notably was a partner in Block, Grey and Block, a firm of wine merchants in South Audley Street, Mayfair, later joining Ellis, Son and Vidler of Hastings and London. Shand was a reviewer of military books for Country Life magazine.
  • 1945
    Age 28
    After his liberation, Shand returned to England in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Due to his wounds, which made him unfit for active service, he was retired from the army on 25 April 1947, leaving with the honorary rank of major.
    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.
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  • 1942
    Age 25
    He met Winston Churchill shortly before the Second Battle of El Alamein. On 6 November 1942, on a probe towards Marsa Matruh, his vehicle was surrounded and destroyed.
    More Details Hide Details Shand's two crewmen were killed, and he was wounded. He was captured and taken to Germany as a prisoner of war. After treatment in Athens, he was held at Oflag IX A in Spangenberg Castle, near Spangenberg, for the duration of the war.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The award was gazetted on 9 July of that year.
  • 1940
    Age 23
    For his actions, he was awarded an MC on 5 July 1940.
    More Details Hide Details After a period with the regiment in Poole and in Reigate, and an interlude training the North Irish Horse in Northern Ireland, Shand was sent with the regiment to North Africa in September 1941 as part of the 7th Armoured Division, where he was promoted to the temporary rank of captain.
    He aided in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk, from where he was evacuated back to England, arriving back in Margate on 31 May 1940.
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    Shand was promoted to lieutenant on 28 January 1940.
    More Details Hide Details He served in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force. The 12th Lancers were equipped with lightly armed Morris armoured cars in a reconnaissance role. The regiment spent six months at Foncquevillers during the Phoney War, then advanced to the River Dyle and retreated in the face of the German blitzkrieg.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He became a troop leader in "A" Squadron. His interests included fox hunting, polo and reading.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Age 10
    His mother and stepfather returned to Britain in 1927, then moved to Ireland in the 1930s.
    More Details Hide Details His stepfather died at Rye in 1947 and his mother died in Cooden Beach, Sussex, in 1981.
  • 1923
    Age 6
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When he next returned to Britain it was to begin his education, organised and paid for by his grandparents.
  • 1921
    Age 4
    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.
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  • 1917
    Age 0
    Born in 1917.
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