While attending a state dinner at Buckingham Palace just recently, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate stunned in her Alexander McQueen gown.
Her gown included a lot of surprises.
She wore the famous Lover’s Knot tiara and a diamond and pearl necklace. The necklace was first owned by Queen Alexandra in the 19th century. But her most impressive accessory was pinned to her dress.
What was that?
It was the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II. This honour is given by the Queen at her discretion to members of the royal family as a reward for their service.
The badge usually includes a small portrait of the monarch painted on ivory, surrounded by diamonds, and placed over a ribbon. It is only worn at formal events, like the recent state dinner.
Kate was noticeably wearing her order with a yellow ribbon on the left strap of her gown.
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According to a royal source, Kate Middleton’s iteration includes glass instead of ivory. Some speculates the change may be a result of Prince William’s fight to end the ivory trade.
Two of the Queen’s daughters-in-law have received the Royal Victorian Order. There are awards “made personally by The Queen, for services to the Sovereign”, according to the Palace.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex was appointed in 2010 and Camilla Parker Bowles followed in 2012. The honour is denoted by a deep blue sash, which Camilla was wearing at the banquet.
Although, the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t have a sash yet.
But, it’s likely she’s working her way there. Royal brides are usually awarded with the Royal Victorian Order. And can later add as many orders as their service to the family may warrant.
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This is not the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has worn her royal order. She wore the badge to the Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2017.
Middleton’s receiving of the royal order is somewhat historic. She’s only the second granddaughter-in-law to receive a royal order from a living sovereign.