The Queen has bestowed a prestigious honour on the Duchess of Cambridge. The royal has been appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, for services to the Sovereign.
The Dame Grand Cross (or Knight Grand Cross) is the highest ranking in the order. Other members of the royal family with the title include Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who was appointed in 2012; Sophie, Countess of Wessex who received the honour in 2010; and Prince Philip, who was appointed in 2017. Prince Harry was named a Knight Commander of the Order – a slightly lower rank – in 2015.
The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointment to the Royal Victorian Order. https://t.co/34sJOY8WYt
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 29, 2019
The royal order was originally established by Queen Victoria (hence the name) in 1896 to “personally thank and honour people who had helped her directly, or represented her across the Empire,” royal correspondent Omid Scobie reported. Recipients are chosen personally by the Queen, and can be recognised by sporting a Maltese Cross – which varies in size according to rank.
The Maltese cross (see pic) is the symbol of the Royal Victoria Order and there are different sizes depending on which of the five rankings the holder is at — with the GCVO being the biggest of them all. Prince Harry was made a Knight Commander of the RVO (KCVO) in 2015. pic.twitter.com/7A7iJW5Y4m
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) April 29, 2019
The Duchess of Cambridge’s appointment was announced on Monday evening (29 April) to coincide with her eighth wedding anniversary.
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