Kate Middleton celebrated her eighth wedding anniversary with Prince William by living with an important title Queen Elizabeth II granted her.
During that time, Kate became a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO). Only a few royals got the same title, including Princess Anne, Prince Philip, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
GCVO is considered as the highest rank in the form of chivalry. The sovereign personally endows this to acknowledge someone’s contribution to the monarchy.
As of the writing, only six royals are Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).
In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her only daughter, Princess Anne, the same high royal honor. At the same time, she also holds the essential position as Grand Master.
Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex, followed her on the list after receiving the order in 2010.
Meanwhile, both Prince Andrew and Prince Edward received the appointment as the Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order the following year.
Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also got hers in 2012.
In 2017, Prince Philip became Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, although he already has plenty of honorary titles. Queen Elizabeth II gave him GCVO in the same year he announced his retirement from public duty.
Royal fans know how the Duchess of Cambridge has been dedicating her life to support Prince William and the royal family.
Through the years, royal staff applauded her being Prince William’s “rock”. Queen Elizabeth II also sees her that way.
“Kate has been a perfect [companion] because she’s so calm and stable — and that’s what he needs,” royal expert Tom Quinn said in an interview with Fox News. “I’m not saying she’s sort of a second mother, but there’s an element of that. She’s a rock. It’s a bit of a cliche, but she’s someone who just doesn’t have a history that’s all over the place.”
Furthermore, she played a big role in helping the Duke of Cambridge in getting over Princess Diana’s death, as well as get through the mental health issues he cannot publicize.
Indeed, while the royal family is facing crises now, Kate still sticks with them and stay true to her words and duties as a royal.
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