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The Universal Magazine

Kate Middleton Receives an Unprecedented Royal Distinction

Kate Middleton wears a green jacket in a garden

Kate Middleton has been historically honored by King Charles III, receiving the title of royal companion of the Order of Companions of Honor. This revelation was made by the Daily Mail and confirmed by Buckingham Palace on April 23rd. This distinction had never been granted to a member of the royal family. It marks a recognition of the immense esteem that the sovereign holds for Kate Middleton.

This prestigious title, established in 1917 by George V, is reserved for individuals who have a significant impact in various fields such as the arts, sciences, medicine, or public service, with only 65 members in the Commonwealth. Among them, personalities such as Judi Dench, Paul McCartney, and now Kate Middleton.

In addition to her role in the royal family, Kate Middleton is known for her contribution to the world of art, notably as a patron of the Royal Photographic Society and the National Portrait Gallery. Her passion for photography has been highlighted many times during various royal engagements and personal projects.

This award has been widely interpreted as a sign of her deep appreciation for the princess’s contributions to the continuity of the monarchy. According to comments from royal correspondent Rebecca English, this distinction designates Kate not only as a supporting figure but also as a key player in royal initiatives.

The awarding of this title to a member of the royal family for the first time is a landmark moment, which could also be seen as a symbolic gesture, particularly in these difficult times as Kate and Charles III share personal challenges, notably their battles against cancer.