Queen granted Kate Middleton same remarkable royal honour as Princess Anne and Philip

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, became part of the Royal Family when she married Prince William on April 29, 2011. To mark their eighth wedding anniversary Queen Elizabeth II gifted Kate an important royal honour.

The Queen made Kate Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).

The honorary title is the highest rank in a form of chivalry personally granted by the sovereign to recognize one’s service.

The honour saw Kate join the ranks of several other important Royal Family members.

These include Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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Medal holders are associated with the order but are not fully-fledged members.

Different sashes and vestments reflect are given to members to reflect their status within the order.

All members are given the badge of the Maltese cross medal with a central medallion depicting on a red background the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria surrounded by a blue ring bearing the motto of the order – VICTORIA – and surmounted by a Tudor crown.

As a Dame Grand Cross, Kate wears her badge on a sash passing from the right shoulder to the left hip.

Maids of Honour recipe: How to make Maids of Honour tart

Maids of Honour tarts are normally made of puff pastry and filled with cheese curds, jam, or almonds. They’re really quick and easy to make, so why not give it a go? Express.co.uk talks you through ASDA Good Living’s Maids of Honour tart recipe.

Maids of Honour tarts were apparently named by King Henry VIII himself!

It is believed they were first made at Hampton Court Palace in the royal kitchen.

Henry VIII reportedly named them after his then second wife Anne Boleyn.

Strangely, Anne Boleyn was maid of honour to his first wife Catherine of Aragon when she married Henry VIII.

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Step one

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Step two

Rub the butter into the flour, then add the icing sugar and a pinch of salt.

Mix the egg yolk with 2 tsp water and add to the flour mixture to make a stiff dough.

Step three

Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a pound coin and cut out 12 rounds.

Use to line 12 tartlet tins.

Step four

Put half a tsp lemon curd in each (no more or it will bubble over).

Step five

Beat the butter, cheese and sugar until just evenly mixed.

Stir in the lemon zest, sugar, flour, yolks and ground almonds.

Step six

Divide the mixture between the cases and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Expert Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “What regnal name a monarch chooses to call themselves, and their reasons for doing so is very much personal to the monarch in question.

“Recent reigns highlight this fact. Victoria’s first name was Alexandrina, yet she chose as her regnal name the one she had been known by all her life.

“Conversely, her son had been known as Bertie (Albert) all of his life, after his father, but upon his accession, and to distance himself from both his parents, he chose the more familiar kingly name of Edward.

“His grandson, despite being known to family and friends as David, chose Edward VIII upon becoming king; and after his abdication, and to ensure a sense of continuity, his brother Prince Albert, known to all as Bertie, chose to be known as George VI.”

Camilla makes history: Duchess receives major honour after replacing Prince Philip

Camilla donned a Rifles green coat dress and a bugle brooch as she carried out the historic engagement. To honour their new Colonel-in-Chief, The Rifles gave the Duchess of Cornwall a special fanfire as she arrived at Beachley Barracks in Chepstow.  

Camilla took over this role on July 22, Prince George’s seventh birthday, from the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prince Philip, who had been Colonel-in-Chief of this infantry regiment since it was created in 2007, stepped out of Windsor Castle two months ago to officially relinquish in role in favour of his daughter-in-law. 

The Duke, who appeared in excellent health and high spirits, inspected the guard and received the salute of Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes. 

Thanking Prince Philip for his continuous support, he said: “Your Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, good morning. 

“And happy Salamanca Day All Rifleman, whether serving or retired would like to thank you for 67 years of continuous service, support and leadership to the Rifles and to our forming and antecedent regiments.

“And on this occasion, as you hand over your duties as Colonel-in-Chief to her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, we would like to wish you fair wind and following seas.

“And with that, Sir, may I have your leave for the Bugle Major to sound the Rifle Call and No More Parades.”


Prince Andrew WILL receive birthday honour – despite public fury

There are 12 royals whose birthdays are currently marked with bells at Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, their four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – all receive the honour, as does Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three kids – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – complete the list.

However, other birthday tributes have been halted when it comes to the Duke of York.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton awarded royal wedding honour Princess Beatrice didn't get

The law of male primogeniture still exists in the UK which means peerages can only be passed from man to man.

This means daughters still miss out on inheriting their father’s peerages and Princess Beatrice is unlikely to ever be the Duchess of York.”

According to Mr MacMarthanne, no British princess has married into a foreign monarchy since George V changed the law.

He said: “Only a small handful of exceptions to this rule exist and most are of ancient lineage.

“Since George V’s ruling, no British princess has married a foreign prince.

“George’s daughter Mary married the future Earl of Harewood, becoming the Countess.”

Captain Tom Moore given MAJOR honour by humbled David Beckham – 'Amazing man!'

Captain Tom became the first member of the Lionhearts, a squad of inspirational heroes assembled by the English Football Association.

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, Captain Moore became a national hero after walking laps of his garden at the age of 99 in aid of NHS Charities Together back in April. He was given a knighthood on May 19.

Now, the national hero has been named the honorary captain of the Lionhearts, an initiative honouring inspirational people who have gone above and beyond during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football legend David Beckham visited Sir Tom in his Bedfordshire home to thank him for what he did.

Beckham said: “The highlight of my whole career was being made England captain.

“To have Sir Tom as our captain – it doesn’t get any better than that.

“Everyone was aware at some point of this amazing man but I think he went above and beyond any expectations out there.”

Speaking about his new honour, the World War 2 veteran said: “It is very kind of you and I am delighted to receive that honour especially from you.

“Thank you very much indeed.”

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Sir Tom also covered a version of You’ll Never Walk Alone alongside Michael Ball and all the proceeds went to the same charity.

The single topped the UK music chart and he became the oldest person to achieve a UK number one.

His overall total soared more than £32.9 million and his hundredth birthday was marked with flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army.

Sir Tom was also appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.

The war veteran was conscripted in the 8th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, in 1940 and was stationed in Cornwall shortly before the beginning of World War 2.

A year later, he became a member of the Royal Armoured Corps.

He was quickly promoted to war-substantive lieutenant in 1942 and then to temporary captain in 1944.

Following the end of the war, he served as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Dorset.

Last month, Sir Tom paid tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, who sadly passed away, and said she made a huge impact on him.

“A real shame, I really thought Vera Lynn would live longer,” he said in a statement shared via Twitter.

“She’s been speaking so well on TV recently.

“She had a huge impact on me in Burma and remained important to me throughout my life.

“My thoughts are with Dame Vera Lynn’s family at this sad time.”

Royal laugh: Soldier has Princess Anne in stitches as she receives new honour via video

Princess Anne, 69, is known to be one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family and was presented with a special new honour as thanks for one of her ceremonial military roles on Friday. The commemoration took place via video link and ended with Anne in stitches.

The Princess Royal was one of the first members of the Royal Family to return to face-to-face engagements after lockdown was eased and has carried out a string of royal visits in recent days.

While Anne is usually a picture of composure on Friday she had a brief giggle during a virtual awards ceremony.

Princess Anne holds several commemorative military roles and is the Colonel in Chief of the The King Royal Hussar’s Woman guard.

She has held the role for 50 years and on Friday she was presented with a medal of thanks for her enduring support.

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Princess Anne has been spending lockdown in Gatcombe, Gloucestershire were both her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall are neighbours.

Zara Tindall and her husband Mike appeared on ITV via video link last week to celebrate the first day of Royal Ascot races.

The couple were both dressed to the nines despite being unable to attend the event that was held behind doors.

While Princess Anne is a huge fan of horses and a regular at Royal Ascot she may have missed the start on TV as she was seeing to royal duty elsewhere.

The Princess Royal made an important visit to the Duke of Gloucester Barracks on June 16.

There she met personnel who have been playing their part in the British Army’s response to the pandemic.