Raquel Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, United States to the family of an aeronautical engineer Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and Josephine Sarah Hall. Her father was only Bolivian via nationality but his ethnicity was Spaniard, from a long lineage of Europeans from Spain. Her mother was an American of English descent. Is the 21st great-granddaughter of King Edward I. She has a younger brother, James Castillo Tejada, and a younger sister, Gayle Carole Tejada, a nature preserver. While Welch was still a toddler her family moved to La Jolla, California, outside of San Diego, where her father worked as a General Dynamics Corporation engineer. She started winning local pageants including the title of Miss Photogenic and Miss Contour at the age of 14. While attending school she was crowned Miss Fairest of the Fair in the San Diego County Fair.