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Ann Parker Bowles

Ann Parker Bowles (1918-1987)

The basics
Quick Facts
Intro (1918-1987)
Was Socialite
Gender female
Birth 14 July 1918, London, UK
Death 22 January 1987 (aged 68 years)
Star sign CancerCancer
Mother: Cynthia Hilda Evelyn Cadogan
Father: Sir Humphrey de Trafford, 4th Baronet
Children: Andrew Parker BowlesSimon Humphrey Parker BowlesMary Ann Parker BowlesRichard Eustace Parker Bowles
Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order  
The details

Dame Ann Parker Bowles DCVO CBE (née de Trafford; 14 July 1918 – 22 January 1987) was a British aristocrat and Girl Guides leader.


Ann de Trafford was born in 1918 in London, the eldest daughter of millionaire racehorse owner Sir Humphrey de Trafford, 4th Baronet, and the Hon. Cynthia Hilda Evelyn Cadogan, a daughter of Henry Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea. The de Trafford Baronets descended from a pre-Conquest-founded line of lords of the manor who were wealthy in the Middle Ages and whose titles were reinstated in the mid-19th century due to recusancy — a term coined to describe the minority of English who remained Roman Catholic during and after the Reformation in a time of significant religious persecution. Ann (later Dame Ann) continued to adhere to the religion of her family, Roman Catholicism.


Ann de Trafford was a Commissioner of the Commonwealth Girl Guides Association. For these and other services to the Commonwealth she was invested as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1972, and, five years later, as a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) in 1977.

Marriage and children

On 14 February 1939 she married Derek Henry Parker Bowles, son of Eustace Parker Bowles (born Eustace Parker) and Wilma Mary Garnault Bowles, only daughter of Sir Henry Ferryman Bowles, 1st Baronet. They had four children:

  • Brigadier Andrew Henry Parker Bowles (b. 27 December 1939)
  • Simon Humphrey Parker Bowles (b. 6 November 1941)
  • Mary Ann Parker Bowles (b. 9 June 1945)
  • Richard Eustace Parker Bowles (b. 7 November 1947 – d. 2010)

Her eldest son Andrew was the first husband of Camilla Rosemary Shand who later became the Duchess of Cornwall on her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

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