King Charles Awards Kate Middleton Historic Title Amid Cancer Fight

Royal Family Faces Health Challenges and New Appointments

by Zain ul Abedin
King Charles Awards Kate Middleton Historic Title Amid Cancer Fight
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In a historic move, King Charles III has bestowed a prestigious new title upon his daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton. As of Tuesday, the Princess of Wales is now a Royal Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour, an accolade marking her unique contribution to the monarchy.

This honor, as noted by Harper's Bazaar, originated from the establishment of the order by King George V in 1917. It is designed to recognize significant achievements in fields such as the arts, sciences, medicine, and public service.

Kate Middleton’s induction into this esteemed group highlights her exceptional role within the royal family, making her the first to receive this honor. The Order of the Companions of Honour is selective, with a cap of 65 members at any given time, among them luminaries like Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and J.K.

Rowling. The announcement came as part of a broader revelation of royal honors on April 23, coinciding with St. George's Day, a significant date in the UK celebrated at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. At the same ceremony, Prince William was appointed the Great Master of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, a title previously held by King Charles from 1974 until he acceded to the throne in 2022.

This role has a tradition spanning several generations of British royalty.

Royal Health Battles

In parallel, Queen Camilla was named Grand Master and First or Principal Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, succeeding Prince Philip, who held the appointment from 1953 until he died in 2021 at the age of 99.

The timing of Middleton's new title comes during a challenging period, as both she and King Charles are currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The monarch, aged 75, was diagnosed following a routine health check-up that revealed a cancer concern.

In a poignant revelation, the Princess of Wales shared in a video that she is also facing a cancer battle, undergoing preventative chemotherapy. According to royal author Sally Bedell Smith, this shared struggle has reportedly deepened the bond between King Charles and Middleton.

Their mutual resilience in the face of health challenges adds a layer of personal triumph to their public duties. Smith, in her commentary to People magazine, highlighted their mutual appreciation for the arts and culture, an interest that enriches their relationship.

The King, in a heartfelt address during a state visit to Kenya in 2023, referred to Middleton as "my beloved daughter-in-law," echoing the deep familial ties that underscore their royal engagements.

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