ROBERT HARDTMAN: Camilla becoming a Lady of the Order of the Garter gives away the possibility that she will be crowned Queen.










There is no higher honor than to be a Knight of the Most Noble Order for the Garter, even in royal circles. For example, take a look at the official title for the Prince of Wales. The first letters that follow his name start with ‘KG’.

The Garter is the best.

And from today, anyone writing to the Duchess of Cornwall will need to put ‘LG’ – Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter – after her name.

A Knight or Lady of the Most Noble Orders of the Garter is a more prestigious honour in royal circles than any other. For example, take a look at the official title for the Prince of Wales. The first letters that follow his name are KG’. And from today, anyone writing to the Duchess of Cornwall will need to put ‘LG’ – Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter – after her name

The fact that the Queen has now bestowed it on the Duchess of Cornwall is the greatest recognition to date of the role that the former Camilla Parker Bowles now plays in the life of the monarchy. The honour, after all, even eluded Diana

This is the highest recognition yet of the important role the ex-Camila Parker Bowles plays in the lives of the monarchy. Diana was denied the honour.

It dates back to Edward II and the days when knights in shining armor were still common. 

The Sovereign has created three levels of membership. 

There are also ‘Extra Knights’ and Ladies who can be honored as members of foreign monarchs.

Royal Knights and Lady are the most senior. This group is traditionally comprised of a small number of royal families, along with the Sovereign.

This is the highest recognition yet of the important role played by Camilla Parker-Bowes in the lives of the monarchy, as the Queen now confers it upon the Duchess. Diana was not able to receive the honour.

This is a bold statement by the Queen. The duchess was deeply moved by her support for the Prince of Wales, as he took on more duties for the Queen.

The order goes back to Edward III (above) and the days of knights in shining armour. There are three tiers of membership, starting with the Knights Companion and Ladies Companion: 24 eminent public figures hand-picked by the Sovereign. Then there are 'Extra' Knights and Ladies, an honorary membership for foreign monarchs

Edward III is the originator of the order. This was before knights in shining armor and knights. The Knights Companion & Ladies Companion are the first two levels of membership. These include 24 prominent public figures that were hand-picked and approved by the Sovereign. You can also join the ‘Extra’ Knights or Ladies to honor foreign monarchs.

Hugo Vickers is the author of Royal Orders as well as an authority on Garter.

She knows the importance of a faithful soulmate. In her Christmas Day tribute, she said the same thing about the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Charles will be the only one more proud than the Duchess of Edinburgh about this award.

The decision must be taken sooner than expected.

Officially, it is believed that the duchess of Cambridge will be called “Princess Conssort” during the next reign. It was a title she received at Charles’ 2005 wedding. Given that the queen’s wife is always a King, this title seems increasingly odd.

Because it brings back memories of Diana’s death and his divorce from her, the Royal Family is reluctant to discuss this topic. This is a topic for another day.

This honor, however, makes it quite clear to see what the Monarch currently thinks.