- The queen has appointed Kate Middleton a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO), the highest rank in a form of chivalry personally granted by the sovereign to recognize one’s service.
- Other royals with the rank include Prince Philip, Duchess Camilla, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
- The appointment coincides with Kate’s eighth wedding anniversary to Prince William.
The queen has a special gift for Kate Middleton on her eighth anniversary to Prince William. The sovereign has appointed the Duchess of Cambridge to be a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO), Buckingham Palace announced in a statement today.
The honor is a form of chivalry personally given by the queen for “services to the sovereign,” the statement explained. It was originally established by Queen Victoria (hence the name) in 1896 to “personally thank and honor people who had helped her directly, or represented her across the Empire,” royal correspondent Omid Scobie reported.