How Camilla got prestigious title from Queen before Sophie Wessex and Kate Middleton

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CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall was awarded a new title by the Queen for 2022, and the same award has yet to be bestowed on the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex. Here is why Camilla’s new title is so unique.

The Queen has made Camilla a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which is the nation’s most prestigious order of chivalry.

Camilla has been awarded the position in light of her contribution to the monarchy.

Since joining the Royal Family in 2005 upon her marriage to Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall has supported a number of charitable causes.

Camilla, Kate Middleton and Sophie Wessex

How Camilla got prestigious title from Queen before Sophie Wessex and Kate Middleton (Image: GETTY)

Camilla and Prince Charles

The Queen has made Camilla a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (Image: GETTY)

The Duchess has been praised for her work supporting victims of domestic violence, in addition to her patronages for animal welfare and literacy charities.

Other Royal Knights Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter include Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The Queen’s grandson and future King, Prince William, is also a member, as are several of the Queen’s cousins.

The Duke of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra are also members of the prestigious Order.

Camilla, the Queen and Prince Charles

Camilla has been given the new honour in light of her contribution to the monarchy (Image: GETTY)

Why is Camilla’s new title so unique?

Over the reigns of previous monarchs, many royal women have been appointed to the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Dr Morris explained: “The Duchess is not the first woman to be appointed to the Garter. That seems to have been Queen Alexandra in 1901.

“Subsequently, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were appointed following the accession of their husbands in 1910 and 1936 respectively.

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall

Under the Queen’s reign, Camilla is the first woman appointed to the Order who was not born royal (Image: GETTY)

“Foreign female sovereigns have also been appointed since 1944 when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was appointed.”

Non-royal women have also been added to the Order of the Garter, for reasons such as their contribution to public life.

And Camilla is the first royal woman appointed to the Order who was not born into the Royal Family under the Queen’s reign.

Dr Morris added: “The first non-royal female appointment was Margaret Thatcher in 1995.

“However, it is true that the Duchess was appointed as a Royal Lady Member and is indeed the first such appointment from outside the Royal Family in the present reign.”

Other female working members of the Royal Family have yet to be appointed to the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex could still get the honour in the future, however.

Dr Morris added: “Granted the precedent of the Duchess of Cornwall’s appointment as the first spouse of the heir to be appointed to the Garter, it seems likely that the Duchess of Cambridge can also expect to be similarly appointed in due course after her father-in-law’s succession.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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