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


The Queen awards a host of titles to members of the public in the New Year Honours List annually. And the Queen paid a special tribute to her daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with a new title for 2022. spoke to Dr Bob Morris, Senior Honorary Research Associate at the Constitution Unit, University College London (UCL), about the Duchess of Cornwall’s new royal title from the Queen.

What is Camilla’s new royal title?

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.

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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.

“Others including Mary Soames, Eliza Manningham-Buller, Lady Mary Fagan, Lady Mary Peters and Baroness Amos have also been appointed – the latter at the same time as the Duchess of Cornwall.

“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.”


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