Crook steals treasures owned by Duchess of Cornwall’s great-gran in £127,000 castle raid

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TREASURES belonging to the Duchess of Cornwall’s great-gran were stolen by a career criminal in a raid on a castle.

Clinton Bowen, 39, was in a gang that broke into Sudeley Castle, where Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr is buried.

Clinton Bowen was in a gang that stole £127,000 worth of royal jewels
The gang raided Sudeley castle in The Cotswolds

They stole £127,000 in jewellery and artefacts which had been gifted by King Edward VII to his mistress Alice Keppel.

They included several gold snuff boxes worth up to £50,000 each, a £15,000 Cartier watch and a gold cigarette case.

Family silver, a Russian parcel-gilt preserve jar and two Russian silver spirit pots dating from 1890 were also taken.

Over a year later the loot has still not been recovered.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall is Alice’s great granddaughter.

Bowen was identified from DNA on a snood he dropped in the grounds in Winchcombe, Gloucs.

The thieves stole £127,000 worth of Alice Keppel’s artefacts 
Over a year later the loot has still not been recovered
Alice Keppel was a British society hostess and a long-time mistress and confidante of King Edward VII

Gloucester crown court heard the loot had not been recovered a year after the robbery.

Bowen, of Cheltenham, admitted burglary and was jailed for four years.

In 1997, he was named “Canal Boy” after a boat trip to try and steer him away from crime.

Judge Mark Horton said “This was an extraordinary serious burglary which was highly organised and targeted extremely expensive jewellery – some of which is priceless in its own context.

Alice Keppel died in Italy in 1947, aged 79
She is the great grandmother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall

Sudeley Castle is where Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr is buried

“This burglary was committed with a good degree of planning and a vehicle was used to assist the getaway.

“You were also part of a group that carried out the burglary.”

Alice Keppel was a British society hostess and a long-time mistress and confidante of King Edward VII. She died in Italy in 1947, aged 79.

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