Kate Middleton and Sophie Wessex: Expert discusses roles
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Prince William’s roles within the monarchy are more important than ever now Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, are no longer working royals and Prince Andrew, 60, has withdrawn from public duties. William, 39, and Kate will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on April 29 and there’s a chance the Duchess could receive a new honour from the Queen, one royal expert has claimed.
Touching on Kate and William’s burgeoning roles within the Firm, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “There is little doubt that the anniversary of William and Kate’s tenth year of marriage is an opportunity to look back on their achievements as dedicated members of the Royal Family.”
The Cambridges partnership is “most impressive” and they are “greatly appreciated by the Queen”, Mr Fitzwilliams claimed.
He said: “Theirs is a partnership of like minds and their charitable work has been most impressive.
“William has specialised in in environmental matters and the preservation of wildlife as well as mental health issues together with Kate in the Heads Together campaign.”
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “Her work for young children has been especially notable as well as that for children’s mental health and to encourage sporting activities.
“Their philanthropic work has been developed through their Royal Foundation.
“At a time when the Royal Family has three fewer senior working members, their endeavours will be greatly appreciated by the Queen.”
William is second in line to the throne and Kate will be his Queen Consort when he becomes king.
The future of the monarchy rests with the Cambridges and Kate’s key role within the royal household has previously been acknowledged by the Queen.
On her and William’s eighth wedding anniversary in 2019, the Queen bestowed Kate with a very special honour by making her Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).
According to Mr Fitzwilliams, Kate could receive another honour from the Queen in future.
The expert said: “Kate was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen on her wedding anniversary two years ago.”
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He added: “In 2017 she was appointed a member of the Royal Family Order which is bestowed on female members of the Royal Family and is also in the gift of the Queen.
“One day she will, I feel sure, aspire to the membership of the Order of the Garter and of the Thistle, its Scottish equivalent.
“William is already a member of both and these are the most senior orders of chivalry in England and Scotland.
“On the tenth anniversary of their marriage, the Queen’s appreciation of her efforts will undoubtedly be profound.”
The Order of the Thistle pertains to Scotland and is an honour that is the second most senior in precedence.
Its English equivalent is The Most Noble Order of the Garter, which Kate already has and is the oldest documented order of chivalry in the United Kingdom, dating to the middle fourteenth century.
A description of the honour on the Royal Family’s official website states: “The Order of the Thistle is the greatest order of chivalry in Scotland, recognising sixteen Knights with the highest honour in the country and recognises Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a particular way to national life.
“The Order is second only in precedence in England to the Order of the Garter.”
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