Elizabeth II saluted the loyalty of Camilla Parker Bowles by conferring on her the highest distinction that the sovereign can give. A real honor for the companion of Prince Charles.
The year 2022 has started on a high note for the Duchess of Cornwall. In an official Buckingham release dated December 31, 2021, the British people learned that Camilla Parker Bowles has joined the elite Order of the Garter “for services to the Sovereign” after years of loyalty and discretion: “Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, G.C.V.O., a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.” The wife of Prince Charles will thus make her grand entrance into the oldest order of chivalry in Britain.
The Order of the Garter is a very old tradition that has accompanied the history of the English monarchy. Indeed, it was established by King Edward III in 1348, following the example of the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, as reported by the Daily Mail on December 31. With this title, Elizabeth II has once again underlined her attachment to Camilla Parker Bowles. This distinction, which is effective since January 1, will be for the Duchess of Cornwall a royal seal of approval for the loyalty she has shown since her marriage to the Prince of Wales in 2005.
A very private circle
If the Order of the Garter was once the prerogative of the aristocracy, today its members come from various backgrounds. As proof of this, Her Majesty has decided to appoint, along with Camilla Parker Bowles, two other prominent personalities from the English public sphere: Valerie Ann, Baroness Amos C.H., diplomat and member of the House of Lords, and Tony Blair, British Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007.
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