Kate Middleton Got A Gift From The Queen That’s Catching People Off Guard

Kate Middleton Got A Gift From The Queen That

According to the press, the Queen hates Kate, Harry hates William, and just about everybody hates Meghan — but obviously, magazines don’t always paint an accurate picture. Queen Elizabeth has made her feelings about Duchess Kate very clear…and it all culminates in a single gift.

A Fairytale Wedding

It’s been eight years since the royal wedding that captivated the world, and though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge haven’t quite reached platinum-status, the Queen still managed to give Kate a meaningful gift worthy of royalty.

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An Upright Example

The Queen has much to be proud of when it comes to her granddaughter-in-law. Since becoming Duchess of Cambridge, Kate has been a poised role model for every kid who dreams of being royalty, and not only because she looks like a princess.

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Tireless Philanthropy

She is passionate about charity work and is heavily involved in organizations like Action on Addiction, Place2Be, and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. Kate’s work even takes her far away from the palace.

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Globetrotting Kate

As an ambassador, she’s traveled all over the globe. Often the guest of honor at memorials, charity events, and parties attended by the best and brightest, Kate’s naturally approachable nature hasn’t gone unnoticed, even at the top of the royal family.

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A Special Gift

So when Kate’s wedding anniversary rolled around, the Queen knew she had to give her something special. The Queen of England has access to more treasures than anyone else, so if anyone could give Kate the gift of a lifetime, it was her.

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No More Jewelry

But there’s more to being royal than tiaras and jewels, and the Queen knew that Kate was worth more than sparkles. She had a different gift in mind for the Duchess — one that couldn’t be found in a palace.

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Doting on Grandkids

The Queen had a lot to live up to, considering the gifts she’d given to the couple on previous occasions. She’s often given members of the royal family esteemed titles and honors over the years, and she has a history of giving her grandchildren lavish gifts. 

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A Royal Manor

The gift she gave William and Kate on their wedding day was certainly lavish: She gave them Anmer Hall, which now serves as a second home for Will, Kate, and their kids. And as far as gifts go, the Queen wasn’t done being generous. 

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Halo of Diamonds

She provided the beautiful tiara Kate wore on her wedding day. Known as the Cartier Halo Tiara, it was originally purchased by the Queen’s father and eventually passed down to Queen Elizabeth. The Queen isn’t all about glitz and glam, however. 

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Gag Gifts

The Queen actually prefers that the family exchange silly gifts at Christmas instead of something extravagant. We can only imagine what Kate gave the Queen! Judging by photos snapped by paparazzi, the Christmas shenanigans have only brought them closer.

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Getting Along Swimmingly

They often sit next to each other at events and are seen laughing and having a good time together. Clearly, they get along — and a unique item Kate wore to a Buckingham Palace State Dinner in 2018 put their respect for each other on display.

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Royal Badge

Affixed to Kate’s gown was the badge of the royal family order of Queen Elizabeth II. This is a rare item to see on a royal, since the Queen only gives the award to members of her family in honor of exemplary service.

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Above and Beyond

Still, the ivory badge of the royal family isn’t the most prestigious award a family member can receive from the Queen. In April 2019, the Queen had something special in mind for Kate, and it blew the honorable ivory badge out of the water.

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Royal Victorian Order

For Kate’s 8th wedding anniversary, the Queen presented her with the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. This may not sound like a big deal, but its history makes it one of the most prestigious awards one can get.

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A Prestigious Honor

The Royal Victorian Order all started with — as you may have guessed — Queen Victoria herself. These awards are made personally by the Queen for “services to the sovereign,” so it’s a high honor. For Kate especially, this award has a more significant meaning.

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Private Lessons

Kate will one day be queen consort, AKA the wife of the king. If it seems like Kate is buried in responsibilities now, it will only increase when she becomes queen consort, and Queen Elizabeth has apparently already started meeting with Kate in secret. 

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Juggling Her Responsibilities

It’s believed that she’s doing so in order to train Kate for her future queenly duties. Though she’ll never have to make any political or militaristic decisions, she will be under an astounding amount of pressure from the public and the royal family.

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Bearing the Weight

Not only will her status be elevated, but she’ll have to deal with ceremonial duties that are specific to the queen consort. This is a lot on anyone’s shoulders — and a royal source let the public in on how those secret meetings were going.

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Insider Perspective

”She’s really taken Kate under her wing,” the source said. “The two of them will often spend hours discussing royal life and the future of the monarchy.” Their friendship, it seems, goes even further than a badge, award, or sash could ever relay.

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A Bright Future

It doesn’t take a lavish gift or honorable title to see how proud the Queen is of Kate’s accomplishments. If anyone ever doubted Kate’s ability to lead, the Queen’s honor of the Royal Victorian Order is proof that the monarchy is in good hands. 

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Fueling the Papers

The press always has fun speculating about the lives of the royals, and when they’re not talking about the Queen they’re talking about the Princes. The brothers have always been tabloid fodder: No matter what they do, it ends up in the press…

Dealing with Publicity

…And is probably taken out of context. When everything from your first steps to your wedding is broadcast worldwide, it’s hard to determine where your personal life ends and public information begins. As adults, William and Harry had to decide for themselves.

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Camera Shy?

They could either follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and ignore the paparazzi as much as possible, or throw caution to the wind and be honest with the press. They’ve so often chosen to stay silent…until now. 

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Separate Directions

As the Princes started their own families, fans of the royals couldn’t help but notice something odd: A lot of the time, they made outings or appearances separately. People were so used to seeing the brothers together — especially with Kate and Meghan.

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Drifting Apart

The dynamic foursome was always photographed together, at palace events and even at impromptu play-dates with their children. But in recent months, these sightings have slowed to a stand-still: Each couple, it seems, is suddenly keeping their distance.  

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Vicious Rumors

To make matters worse, a royal source finally commented on the rumors that the brothers were fighting…and the news wasn’t exactly pleasant. Apparently, the rumors all connect to another set of rumors, this time about Harry and Meghan. 

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The Curtain Pulled Back

The couple’s recent documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey was unexpectedly candid and showed the new parents as being in a “fragile,” as one source claims, emotional state. Meghan, especially, really pulled away the royal curtain.

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Stiff Upper Lip

She admitted that despite trying to maintain a “stiff upper lip” in the face of the merciless press, she often feels frustrated. Harry took a page from Meghan’s candid interview and used the opportunity to speak up about his own struggles.

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Harry Responds

Harry responded to rumors about the supposed “rift” between the royal brothers. It would have made sense for him to deny the rumors about him and William — at least, that’s what he was expected to do — but he was shockingly real.

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Constant Scrutiny

“Part of…this family being under the pressure that it’s under…stuff happens,” Harry said, a surprising admission for a family as scrutinized as the Windsors. Harry was quick to elaborate on the “stuff” he was referring to.

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Wearing Many Hats

“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment,” Harry said of him and William. This makes sense: As parents of young children and as members of the royal family, there’s hardly time to sleep, let alone make nice in front of the press…

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Brotherly Love

“We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy but I love him dearly,” Harry explained. Still, there’s another person in this supposed non-rift, and he has his own opinion about the matter.

Different Paths

It’s true that the royal “Fab Four,” as the press once called William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan, haven’t been seen together for quite some time. By October 2019, their last public appearance was way back in July. Are they truly just “on different paths,” as Harry said?

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Sibling Bonds

A palace source isn’t so sure. The source claimed that William is simply “worried” about his brother and sister-in-law after their emotional TV documentary. As Harry’s brother, William would be the first to know if anything was amiss in Harry’s personal life.

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High Hopes

Apparently, William hopes the couple is “all right.” He knows better than anyone how stressful it can be to deal with the press on top of royal and familial responsibilities. This means, of course, that William heard what Harry said about their relationship…

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Remembrance Day

Which may have made for an awkward Remembrance Day celebration in November 2019, the first two events both couples attended together in months. Though they weren’t together during the celebration, the same can’t be said for William and Harry themselves.

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Standing Together

The brothers stood together as they paid their respects. Since this was the first time the brothers were publicly seen together in months, Harry’s claim that they were simply on different wavelengths may not have been far from the truth.

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Highs and Lows

After all, what Harry said about his brother wasn’t all bad. “As brothers, you have good days, you have bad days,” he admitted. A huge part of their “rift” may be due to something William and Harry both understand all too well…

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Always Brothers

The press. “The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing,” Harry implied of the press making up problems between them. To Harry, everything rumored about in the press is all exaggerated. “Look, we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers,” he said.

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