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Monday, April 29, 2019

Duchess of Cambridge receives wedding anniversary gift from Queen

The honour is in the Queen’s personal gift and has in the past been awarded to members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was a GCVO, as was Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and her husband, the late Earl of Snowdon. The Duchess of Cornwall received the honour after seven years of marriage.

The Duchesses of Gloucester and Kent and the Countess of Wessex were similarly honoured by Her Majesty.

Of her male relations the GCVO is held by the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent and Prince Michael of Kent. The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the Order only recently. The Duke of Sussex is KCVO, a notch down in the Order.

The Duke of Cambridge, a Knight of the Garter, has yet to be admitted.

Neither the Prince of Wales or the late Diana, Princess of Wales were members of the Victorian Order.

When the Duke of Cambridge eventually ascends the throne he will most likely follow recent royal tradition and install Catherine as a Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter.

King Edward VII gave the Garter to Queen Alexandra, and in 1910 George V bestowed the honour on Queen Mary. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was made a Lady of the Garter when her husband King George VI succeeded his brother in 1936.

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