Kate Middleton receives new honour from King Charles in recognition of taking on ‘more responsibilities’

The king wanted to recognise the princess’s hard work

Emma Guinness
Wednesday 24 April 2024 00:24 BST
Related video: Prince William returns to royal duties amid Kate Middleton’s illness

Kate Middleton has been given a new title by King Charles in recognition of her “taking on more responsibilities.”

On Tuesday it was revealed that the Princess of Wales will also be known as The Royal Companion of The Order of the Companions of Honour.

This will no doubt be a welcome boost to the princess, who is also celebrating her youngest son’s birthday on Tuesday, with the palace releasing a new picture to celebrate Prince Louis turning six.

The King revealed that he gave the princess the honour to recognise the “esteem [in which] she is held”.

The princess is now one of a select group to hold the title, including JK Rowling and Sir Elton John.

She was given the honour as part of a St George’s Day tradition and was not the only royal to be given a new title.

The Princess of Wales has a new title
The Princess of Wales has a new title (PA Wire)

Prince William was also honoured by being appointed the Great Master of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath.

Meanwhile, the Queen consort, Camilla, was made a Grand Master and First or Principal Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Queen Camilla was also honoured with two new titles today
Queen Camilla was also honoured with two new titles today (PA Wire)

The royal family are currently going through a difficult time as the Princess of Wales and King Charles battle their respective cancer diagnoses.

In the princess’s case, this has seen her step away from public life completely as she undergoes “preventative” chemotherapy.

News of her ill health first broken in January when it was announced that she was having planned abdominal surgery and would be off duty until Easter.

King Charles is still working when he can
King Charles is still working when he can (PA)

However, following a period of intense speculation prompted by a manipulated photograph of the princess, she announced that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

The news came just months after King Charles’s cancer diagnosis, which came after he received treatment for an enlarged prostate in January.

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