The Queen Marked Will and Kate’s Anniversary by Bestowing a Very Special Honor on Kate

Queen Elizabeth II has just bestowed a very special honor on her granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton.

The queen appointed Kate a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on April 29, which was also the duchess's wedding anniversary, marking eight years since she married Prince William and became a royal.

This rare and prestigious award is given to Commonwealth residents in recognition of their personal services to the Sovereign, so in this case, it is the queen's way of recognizing how Kate has supported her reign through her work as a senior royal.Kate joins a number of other members of the royal family who've already been granted the honor, among them Princess Anne, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

She will now wear a blue sash at some formal royal engagements.Related: 30 Inspirational Women Who Have Received 1 of Britain's Highest Honors - DamehoodThe Royal Victorian Order

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