Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen: Camilla's 100-year-old Royal Family links

CAMILLA, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Queen Elizabeth II will attend an event marking the 750th anniversary of the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey this month, the Abbey has announced. The Duchess of Cornwall’s family relations with the English crown stretches much further back than Camilla’s relationship with Charles.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth II will mark 750 years since Westminster Abbey was rebuilt on Tuesday, October 15. The event commemorates King Henry III’s rebuilding of Edward the Confessor’s original 11th-century abbey in 1269. Camilla may now be well integrated with Royal Family duties, but her great-grandmother was first to establish a relationship with the so-called 'Firm'.

Camilla and Prince Charles married in 2005, after a long and controversy-fuelled relationship.

When the couple first met Camilla allegedly asked the heir to the British throne: “My great-grandmother was your great-great-grandfather's mistress, so how about it?”

Camilla’s great-grandmother was Alice Keppel, a famed hostess in British society.

She was also a long-time mistress to King Edward VII.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: How Camilla's family have been linked to Royals for YEAR (Image: GETTY)

Camilla and Charles married in 2005

Camilla and Charles married in 2005 (Image: GETTY)

King Edward II took over the throne from his mother, Queen Victoria on her death in 1901.

When Edward met Alice Keppel in 1898, he was the Prince of Wales, a title Prince Charles currently holds.

Then 29-years-old, Ms Keppel lived at 30 Portman Square in Westminster, where the Prince would regularly meet with her.

The affair between the couple was allegedly “tolerated” by the Prince’s wife, Alexandra of Denmark, and lasted from Edward’s ascension to the throne in 1901 until his death in 1910.

Alice Keppel

Alice Keppel (Image: GETTY)

According to Agnes Cook, who was a housemaid at Mrs Keppel’s London home from the 1890s to 1920s alongside her mother, the affair between the couple was well-known.

Author Tom Quinn, who interviewed Mrs Cook in the 1980’s, revealed in his book 'Mrs Keppel: Mistress to the King' how Agnes’ mother saw the affair unfold.

According to Mr Quinn, she said: “The servants at Portman Square knew what was going on — of course they did.

“The Keppels were definitely living above their means and, according to my mother, the MP Ernest Beckett was funding the whole thing.”

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“He looked like a dog on heat — that was the phrase the footman used when he described Beckett’s arrival each week.

“Servants heard all sorts coming from the drawing-room where Mrs Keppel entertained him alone.

“George was always at his club at these times.

“The rule among the servants was that if Alice saw a man alone, we were to stay well clear.”

King Edward VII

King Edward VII (Image: GETTY)

Agnes continued, saying Alice was the only woman capable of soothing Prince Edward's many tantrum's. 

She said: "She would lean towards him and look into his eyes.

"Her hand gently on his knee or shoulder.

"Her voice was low, very deep, and she talked in such an easy, unaffected way her manner acted as a sort of sedative.’