The Queen gave Duchess Kate a meaningful gift before the Buckingham Palace garden party

By Meaghan Wray

A sunny day at Buckingham Palace this Tuesday (May 21) was made even sweeter by a touching present Duchess Kate received from the Queen. The mom of three was given the title of Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victoria Order a month ago, but special ceremony in which she officially received the regalia only just took place.

Kate and William attended the palace garden party alongside the Queen. Photo: © Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The monarch personally granted Kate the title to honour her close relationship to the Royal Family, as well as the duchess’s dedication to the representing the Sovereign. Queen Victoria created the Order in 1896, and Kate was given the highest ranking for the personal service she has performed on Her Majesty’s behalf.

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The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing numerous badges and stars of honour at special events, such as state banquets. The first time royal watchers will spot her with her newest regalia will likely be during US President Donald Trump’s official visit with the Royal Family in June.

In October 2018, Kate paired her Lover’s Knot tiara and an icy blue Alexander McQueen gown with a yellow ribbon and the Royal Family Order – a very prestigious honour many countries have within their own royal families.

Kate wore the honour on the left side of her Alexander McQueen dress. Photo: © PA

On Tuesday at Buckingham Palace, Kate dazzled in a powder pink Alexander McQueen coat dress and a Juliette Botterill fascinator that perfectly matched in colour. She didn’t forget it’s all in the details – Kate chose a pair of Princess Diana’s pearl drop earrings to give her ensemble a touching edge.

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