At a Buckingham Palace reception for diplomats final December, the Duchess of Cambridge was the one royal in attendance not sporting any particular honors, orders or medals. Prince William, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and just about each different “main” royal has some form of honor bestowed by the Queen, even the ladies who married into the household. It’s been mentioned for some time that royal wives normally get the Royal Victorian Order or the Household Order from the Queen after just a few years of marriage. Kate and William are arising on their sixth wedding ceremony anniversary, and there’s nonetheless nothing for Kate. Which may change this yr. Possibly.
On this Sapphire 12 months celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, I hear from my Palace moles that it’s extremely seemingly the Duchess of Cambridge is to lastly get a Royal gong. Kate is at the moment the one senior Royal spouse with out both the Royal Victorian Order or the Household Order, that are uniquely given by the Queen personally for service to the Royal Household.
It’s a state of affairs that prompted one visitor on the current Diplomatic Corps reception to comment that Kate ‘seemed bare with out an honour’ – as the opposite Royals sported sashes and badges signifying the Orders to which they belong. It appears the Queen could agree and Royal sources say Her Majesty could lastly be prepared to offer the Duchess an honour as a part of the celebrations for her upcoming jubilee, in recognition of Kate’s work with psychological well being charities, an initiative that has turn out to be highly regarded.
One courtier tells me: ‘The Queen needed Kate to place extra effort into her charity work earlier than giving her a Royal Order. Now her charity Heads Collectively has taken off, she thinks it’s time to behave.’ Buckingham Palace declined to remark.
I form of love that the Queen was all “I’ll give her a royal order when she really works a bit of bit.” And whereas Kate didn’t put her nostril to the grindstone previously yr or something, I suppose the Queen is feeling a bit extra beneficiant. Or perhaps not? We’ll see if it occurs, similar to we’ll see if Will and Kate actually transfer to London full time this yr and get to work.
In the meantime, two extra royal tales. One, William and Kate wish to be certain that the peasants by no means, ever see them when they’re in London. The grounds round Kensington Palace are actually getting an enormous “privateness hedge” to make sure their privateness as soon as they do transfer to London. And as soon as they’re in residence full-time at KP, William needs to have the ability to look out into the backyard and see a statue of his mom. William and Harry are commissioning a statue of their mom to be erected “within the gardens exterior Kensington Palace, so her sons can even have the ability to see it from their flats.” Contemplating the privateness hedge, I believe that signifies that the statue will solely be seen by folks throughout the KP compound. So it’s not “a Diana statue for the folks,” it’s a statue only for William and Harry. They’re apparently elevating funds to have the statue constructed, so I don’t suppose taxpayers are paying for it?
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