Kate made a Dame Grand Cross by the Queen on wedding anniversary

The Duchess of Cambridge has been awarded a prestigious honour by the Queen in recognition of her efforts supporting the head of state.

The Queen has made Kate a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on the day she celebrates her eight wedding anniversary.

Awards under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) are made personally by the Queen, not on the recommendations of Downing Street, for services to the sovereign.

The RVO has five classes from member to Knight or Dame Grand Cross, and Kate follows in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cornwall, who received the same honour in the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee year.

It is likely the honour recognises Kate’s work over the past eight years as a member of the monarchy.

She has championed her own causes like supporting the early years development of children, travelled the Commonwealth on behalf of the Queen and raised awareness about mental health with William and the Duke of Sussex.

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