Thursday 23 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth bestows prestigious honour to Kate Middleton on her eighth wedding anniversary

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at an event at Kensington Palace

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Kate Middleton has been awarded a prestigious honour by the Queen in recognition of her efforts supporting her as head of state.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth has made Kate a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on the day she celebrates her eight wedding anniversary.

Awards under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) are made personally by the Queen, not on the recommendations of Downing Street, for services to the sovereign.

The RVO has five classes from member to Knight or Dame Grand Cross, and Kate follows in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cornwall, who received the same honour in the Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee year.

File photo dated 29/04/2011 of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerging from Westminster Abbey after the wedding ceremony
File photo dated 29/04/2011 of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerging from Westminster Abbey after the wedding ceremony

It is likely the honour recognises Kate's work over the past eight years as a member of the monarchy.

She has championed her own causes like supporting the early years development of children, travelled the Commonwealth on behalf of the Queen and raised awareness about mental health with William and the Duke of Sussex.

The honour also reveals the esteem in which Kate is held by the Queen and reflects her growing prominence as a senior member of the royal family.

The monarchy's official website says about the duchess: "She has been hugely inspired by the leadership the Queen has provided for over 60 years and will continue to play her part in supporting and celebrating the Queen in the UK and around the Commonwealth wherever possible."

Kate has joined the Queen at national events like the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, celebrating the Queen's official birthday at Trooping the Colour and joining members of the monarchy to welcome visiting heads of state.

William and Kate wed on April 29 2011 at Westminster Abbey and now have three children - Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge fires an arrow as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge fires an arrow as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Over the past eight years the duchess has developed her own public interests, from becoming patron of the National Portrait Gallery and Natural History Museum to becoming royal patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Royal tours undertaken on behalf of Queen Elizabeth have taken William and Kate from Tuvalu in the South Pacific to Canada, India and America.

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