Today marks Kate Middleton and Prince William's eighth wedding anniversary—and the Queen is making it a memorable one. According to People, this afternoon the Duchess of Cambridge was named Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by her grandmother-in-law, which is the highest possible rank one can receive. Only the ruling monarch can extend this prestigious title—created by Queen Victoria in 1896—to honor those who help represent her.
The great privilege comes weeks after Middleton and the Queen stepped out together for their first joint mission during a trip to King's College's Strand campus in London. It's clear that the Duchess is in great company thanks to her new title—she now ranks amongst the Queen's sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. This isn't the first time a royal has been titled on a major big-day milestone. Prince Phillip was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 2017 (a comparable title!) on his 70th wedding anniversary with the Queen.
Besides honoring Middleton with this famed title, Kensington Palace celebrated the royal couple's eighth anniversary with an official Instagram post. The account shared multiple images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding day with a caption that read, "8 years ago today—thank you for your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding anniversary!"
Middleton also honored her wedding anniversary during the royal family's Easter Sunday church service. During the mass, the royal wore the same diamond earrings she donned on her big day, which hinted at the upcoming milestone.