Top honour for Camilla is thank you from queen

THE Duchess of Cornwall has been appointed to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order.

The announcement that Camilla (64) has been made a Dame Grand Cross comes on the day of the seventh wedding anniversary of Camilla and Charles, Prince of Wales.

The royals wed on April 9, 2005 in a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor after a number of years as a couple.

Once seen as the other woman in the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Camilla has become an integral member of the Royal Family since she married Charles.

Awards under the Royal Victorian Order are in the queen's personal gift and are given by the head of state to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way.

It is likely the award recognises the duchess's hard work as a member of the monarchy during the past seven years.