Kate Middleton's Insignia of the Dame Grand Cross May Debut In Public Soon

Last month, Queen Elizabeth formally gave Kate Middleton an insignia of the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, and last week she officially presented it. The insignia is made up of a badge, sash, and star, and royals wear their insignias for formal occasions—so we might see Kate break out her new award as soon as President Trump's state visit.

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Last month, Queen Elizabeth formally gave Kate Middleton an insignia of the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, and last week she officially presented it to Kate in a private ceremony. The insignia is made up of a badge, sash, and star, and royals wear their insignias for formal occasions—so we might see Kate break out her new award/pretty jewelry as soon as President Trump's state visit in two weeks. SO excited.

First, in case that last paragraph was confusing to you (I hear that), here's what the insignia represents, courtesy of HELLO! (opens in new tab):

So this is a special kind of award in honor of Kate's work, and also (informally) a sign of the relationship between the Queen and Kate. So there's no validity to any rumor saying they secretly hate each other, FYI. The star might look something like this (opens in new tab), but we'll have to wait and see exactly how Kate wears it.

This week, the relationship between the Queen and Kate was on full display, as Kate took her around the garden she designed for the Chelsea Flower Show:

Everyone looked thoroughly delighted. I can't wait for more formal fun in a couple weeks, and fingers crossed we get a good look at Kate's new glitter.

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