Thursday, December 8, 2016
Still no Family Order for Catherine
This is the first time that a formal photograph of Queen and other members of the royal family who attend the annual Diplomatic Reception.
From Left to right: The Duchess of Cornwall (Greville Tiara), the Prince of Wales, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The three royal men are wearing the Order of the Garter, which explains the knee breeches and sashes. The Duchess of Cornwall is wearing the Royal Family Order, given to distaff members of the Royal Family. This Order is a personal gift of the Sovereign, and an announcement of when it is given is never made.
The Duchess of Cornwall received it two years after her marriage to the Prince of Wales.
The Queen is wearing the Royal Family Orders for George V and George VI (her grandfather and her father.) She received the first order when she was an infant.
Oh, look, at the lady in the stunning red gown! The Duchess of Cambridge, wearing Queen Mary's Lovers Knot tiara (it is NOT the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara, which is now in the possession of the Waldburg zu Zeil family) that her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales often wore ... but after 5 and a half years of marriage, she has yet to receive the Order. It seems the Queen does not think she is ready for the order.
Sarah, Duchess of York, did not receive the Order. Nor does Princess Michael have it.
The Duchesses of Kent and Gloucester received theirs shortly after their marriages in 1961 and 1972, respectively. Diana received hers within the first few months of her marriage to the Prince of Wales in 1981. The Countess of Wessex was first seen wearing the Order in 2004, five years after her marriage to Prince Edward.
There is a precedent for the wife of a grandson of the reigning Sovereign to receive the family order. Shortly after her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York in 1893, Princess Mary (nee of Teck) received the Royal Order of Victoria & Albert (First Class.)