Kate Middleton surprised by Queen Elizabeth II’s anniversary gift last year

Kate Middleton surprised by Queen Elizabeth II’s anniversary gift last year

Prince William and Kate Middleton are now celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary. With the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown, they may only receive greetings on social media. But last year, Queen Elizabeth II gifted the Duchess of Cambridge with an exceptional present that she never expected.

Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate their wedding anniversary each year at home. They like to keep it private, but they still often receive gifts and lovely gestures. But with the global crisis today, things may be different.

Queen Elizabeth’s special present

Queen Elizabeth gave the future queen consort with a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO). It is her highest seal of approval—a gift like no other.

According to Mirror Online, her Majesty personally made the awards under the Royal Victorian Order. Hence, it’s not under the recommendation of Downing Street, unlike other awards she gives.

The order of chivalry has five classes, from members to Knight or Dame Grand Cross. But, Kate Middleton has the same honor as that of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles’ wife received the same recognition from the Queen in her 2012 Diamond Jubilee year.

The RVO recognizes the hard work of Prince William’s wife over the past eight years as a member of the royal family. The 38-year-old royal is known for championing a lot of her own causes, like supporting children’s early years of development. She also travels the world on behalf of Queen Elizabeth and is famously raising mental health awareness alongside her husband and Prince Harry.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 9th anniversary

Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on Wednesday, April 29. The two shared a sweet message on Instagram, along with a photo of their wedding day. As expected, greetings poured in on the comment section from their fans and followers alike.

“Nine years ago today,” the caption read. “Thank you for all your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary!”

The royal couple tied the knot on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey. Following the tradition, they shared a kiss on the Buckingham Palace’s balcony in front of the crowd. They then held a private wedding reception with their friends and family.

Prince William and Kate Middleton started dating when they were just students at the University of St Andrews. Buckingham Palace announced their engagement in November 2010, and after less than a year, they finally got married. They are now sharing three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Images used courtesy of The Royal Family Channel/YouTube Screenshot

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