Queen Elizabeth II Gives Camilla New Title

Queen Elizabeth II has appointed the Duchess of Cornwall to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

The announcement that Camilla has been made a Dame Grand Cross comes on the day of her seventh wedding anniversary with Prince Charles, the queen’s son. Awards under the Royal Victorian Order, which was founded in 1896 by Queen Victoria, are given by the queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way. They are bestowed independently of the prime minister’s office.

Once vilified as a the old flame who poisoned Charles’ first marriage to Princess Diana, Camilla has become an integral member of the royal family since she married the prince on April 9, 2005 — eight years after Diana’s death.


Since the couple’s civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, the British public has warmed to Camilla and the 64-year-old has carried out hundreds of royal engagements and taken on a wide range of patronages. She also has traveled extensively with the prince on official visits, including a recent tour of Scandinavia with stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Lately, Camilla was seen stepping out with the queen and the former Kate Middleton — who married Prince William — for an appearance in London. Buckingham Palace said Camilla will be invested with the insignia of her rank at a later date.

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Duchess of Cambridge Shows Off Hockey Skills in Tight Jeans

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off something new Thursday during a surprise visit to London’s Olympic Park – hockey skills.

Kate, 30, who played hockey in school and even served as her high school’s team captain, joined in the game with players from Team GB, as part ofher role as ambassador to the British squads. Confessing to pre-game jitters, she said, “This is going to be so embarrassing. My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn’t play ball.” Donning coral pink jeans and grey GB sweatshirt and Adidas sneakers, Kate finally scored a goal after three or four attempts.


The last time she was seen in public with a hockey stick in hand was during last summer’s tour of Canada, and back then she didn’t dare shoot a puck. That she left to husband William.

Later Thursday – after a quick outfit change into a grey Orla Kiely dress and black pumps – Kate spent time with her in laws, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where she was introduced to The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts.

Greeted by 150 cheering school children waving Union Jack flags, the royal trio met with the children, teachers and artists involved in the charity, which aims to help disadvantaged children relate to art.

Source: People

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