Tuesday 21 May 2019

Kate made a Dame Grand Cross by Queen Elizabeth on wedding anniversary

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Foundling Museum, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 19, 2019
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The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Henry Fawcett Children's Centre in Kennington, London
The Duchess of Cambridge present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards as she attends the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge greets well-wishers after her visit to Keech Hospice Care in Luton where she wore a dress by LK Bennett (Eddie Keogh/PA)
Kate Middleton visits Cinemagic in Ballymena, Northern Ireland February 28, 2019. Ian Vogler/Pool via Reuters
Kate Middleton arrives at the Braid Centre in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, February 28, 2019. Reuters/Phil Noble

Tony Jones

The Duchess of Cambridge has been awarded a prestigious honour by the British Queen in recognition of her efforts supporting the head of state.

The Queen 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.

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.

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