The Duchess of Cambridge and her bangs will be sporting a very special trinket from her royal grandmum. Kate recently received the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II — the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a female member of the royal family — and she is expected to be wearing it at a state dinner for China’s President Xi Jinping in October.
The order features a portrait of the Queen wearing the ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter. It’s painted on ivory and framed by diamonds, while a Tudor Crown in diamonds and red enamel sits on top. It’s sewn onto a yellow ribbon and will be pinned on the left shoulder of the recipient’s — or in this case, Kate’s — dress.
It’s definitely a great honour, but it’s not the prettiest thing in the world. Hey, if Kate is getting recognition from Her Majesty, we’re sure she’ll take it, however gorgeous or tacky it is.
Previous recipients of the Order, which serves more as a personal memento than a state decoration, include Prince William‘s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who wore it to a function in Brisbane during her official visit to Australia in 1983.
And Prince Charles‘ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wore it 30 years later in Sri Lanka.
Even Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, wore the Order to the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden in 2013.
So it’s an honour for Kate. Really. Now, what will she find in her closet to match it?