Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, has been appointed to the ‘highest female rank’ in the Royal Victorian Order, according to Buckingham Palace.
The honour, which sees Camilla become a ‘Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)’, was bestowed upon The Duchess by The Queen in recognition of The Duchess’s good works and personal service to the Crown.
Since marrying Prince Charles – seven years ago to the day on which the award was announced, in a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor on 9 April 2005 - Camilla has steadfastly dedicated her time to supporting the work of The Prince of Wales and the Royal Family.
The Duchess, who is the Patron of various charitable causes and actively supports the British Armed Services, has become very popular with the British public. Renowned for her good sense of humour and practical manner, Camilla appears to wins hearts and minds wherever she goes.
In January 2012, The Duchess of Cornwall launched the ‘Cook for The Queen Competition’ to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The competition invites school children from across the UK to create a menu ‘fit for The Queen’. The creators of the winning menus will see their recipes created into canapés, and will be invited to help serve the delights at a Queen’s Jubilee reception attended by The Queen.
Image: The Duchess of Cornwall cuts a cake to launch the British Food Fortnight’s Cook for the Queen Diamond Jubilee competition. Nova Hreod College in Swindon, 25 January 2012. Photo credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire