The Duchess of Cambridge – formally Kate Middleton – has been given a very special honour from the Queen, as she was granted the title of Dame.
Queen Elizabeth on Monday honoured Duchess Kate with the title Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victoria Order (GCVO) to mark the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eighth year of marriage.
Buckingham Palace announced the highest possible rank for the royal mother of three in recognition of her services to the sovereign.
The Royal Victorian Order was created by Queen Victoria in 1896 to allow her to recognise people who helped her or represented her. The ruling monarch personally selects who is given the honour.
Fellow Knights and Dames Grand Cross include the Queen’s sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as well as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Duchess Kate is patron of over a dozen charities, including Action for Children, and is a much-loved working member of the royal family.
Action for Children Runs over 400 projects for some of the UK’s most vulnerable and excluded children and young people.