Queen Elizabeth bestows highest honour on granddaughter-in-law Kate

Cape Town – Queen Elizabeth has given Kate, Duchess of Cambridge a new title and it's the grandest honour yet.

On Monday, Buckingham Palace announced that the queen had appointed Kate as Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order - the highest rank in the order personally granted by the queen.

According to a statement by the palace, Awards in the Royal Victorian Order are made personally by Queen Elizabeth, for services to the Sovereign.

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Kate joins fellow royals namely Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex who also hold the title. Queen Elizabeth's daughter, Princess Anne, serves as Grand Master.