Annually a whole host of honours are awarded by the Queen to mark the New Year, and it seems this year a member of the Royal Family has also benefited from a new title. The Queen has made her daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Here is what the new honour means and why it is so significant for Camilla.
What is Camilla’s new honour from the Queen?
Camilla has been made a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, an elevation to the nation’s most prestigious order of chivalry.
The honour was granted to Camilla by the Queen in recognition of her contribution to the monarchy.
The appointment of Royal Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter recognises those who have served the Queen personally.
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The honour stems from the time of King Edward III, who was inspired by the tales of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.
Edward set up his Order of the Garter, comprised of his group of honourable knights.
The tradition has spanned centuries, and the Queen’s Order of the Garter includes some members of the Royal Family.
In addition to the Queen, Prince Charles and other senior royals, the Order of the Garter is comprised of 24 Knights and Ladies Companion who hold the position until death.
Why is Camilla’s new title significant?
Camilla’s relationship with Prince Charles was not always popular with the public following the breakdown of Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana in the 1990s.
But after Charles and Camilla married in 2005, the Duchess of Cornwall worked to establish her own role within the Royal Family.
As a working royal, Camilla has extended her patronage to several charities in areas ranging from osteoporosis, supporting victims of domestic violence and animal welfare.
Several members of the Royal Family have been granted the honour by the Queen.
However, Camilla’s appointment to the Order of the Garter is particularly unique as, unlike Camilla, most royals with the honour presently were born into the Royal Family.
Royal Ladies of the Order of the Garter include the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and the Queen’s beloved cousin Princess Alexandra.
Royal Knights of the Garter include the Duke of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Prince William.