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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Kate Middleton Admits Missing Her Prince Terribly

The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted she is missing her husband Prince William ‘terribly’ as she took part in her first full day of royal engagements at the start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK tour.

Kate’s comments about the Duke of Cambridge, currently deployed as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in the South Atlantic, came as she joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in Leicester. Well-wisher Laura Murphy, 30, spoke to the Duchess of Cambridge after she attended a service at Leicester Cathedral.

‘I said “how’s William?” and she said “he’s fine – I’m missing him terribly”,’ Ms Murphy said, adding the Duchess said she was ‘being well looked after’ in her husband’s absence.

The Queen arrived in Leicester by train with her husband and granddaughter-in-law, touring De Montfort University before visiting the city’s cathedral for the first time. Cheering crowds several rows deep waving union flags greeted the royals throughout their trip, with Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby saying he was ‘proud’ the Diamond Jubilee Tour – set to run until July – had begun in the city.

While at De Montfort University, the Queen – wearing a cerise cashmere dress and coat with black trim by Angela Kelly and a matching hat – and Kate – who wore a suit by LK Bennett, hat by James Lock and Episode shoes – watched a fashion show. The Duchess later selected student designer Beckha Hunt, 20, as the winner of a competition to design shoes for her.

Source: Metro

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