Queen Elizabeth II grants Camilla new honor
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Queen Elizabeth II grants Camilla new honor

Cebu : Philippines | Apr 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 04/10/12

The Duchess of Cornwall has been appointed to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

Camilla has been made a Dame Grand Cross on the day of her seventh wedding anns with Prince Charles, the queen’s son.

The Royal Victorian Order Awards which was founded in 1896 by Queen Victoria, are presented by the queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way. They are conferred separately of the prime minister's office.

Camilla was once maligned as the old flame who disillusioned Charles' first marriage to Princess Diana, yet she has become an essential member of the royal family since she married the prince on April 9, 2005, eight years after Diana's death.

At the Guildhall in Windsor, the couple's civil ceremony was held, the British people has been warmed to Camilla. The 64-year-old Camilla has accepted hundreds of royal engagements and taken on a wide range of patronages. She traveled lengthily with the prince on official visits, such as a recent tour of Scandinavia with stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Recently, Camilla was seen with the queen and the former Kate Middleton who married Prince William for an appearance in London.

At a later date, Buckingham Palace said Camilla will be endowed with the insignia of her rank.

[Related: Charles & Camilla's adorable Christmas card]

[Related: Kate, Queen wear matching hues on rare outing]

Source: AP

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