Camilla gets Queen’s seal of approval with coveted award in New Year Honours

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The Queen has seen fit to reward Prince Charles' wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, with an incredibly prestigious award in the New Year Honours List 2022.

In the New Year Honours list, The Queen has made the Duchess of Cornwall a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Her elevation to the country’s most prestigious order of chivalry was made in recognition of her “contribution to the monarchy”.

She married the Queen's son, Charles, the Prince of Wales in 2005 and has since supported the Queen through her own public works and engagements.

It has been noted by experts how close the Queen and Camilla have been over the years.

She is patron, or supporter, of a number of literacy charities, speaks out in support of victims of domestic violence and champions several animal welfare organisations.

The appointment of Royal Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter can only be given by the Queen, who acts independently of Number 10 and recognises those who have served the sovereign personally.

Also on the list is former Prime Minister, and ex-Labour leader, Tony Blair.

He has been given a knighthood.

From New Year's Day, the man recognised as one of the country's greatest post-war Prime Ministers, will be known as Sir Tony – ending years of speculation about whether the ex-Labour leader would become a member of the Order of the Garter.

He has often shied away from being given the knighthood, but now joins the prestigious club, alongside current Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

The 68-year-old Scottish-born father-of-four led the country from May 1997 until June 2007.

And Baroness Valerie Amos, a former leader of the House of Lords who is still a sitting member of the Lords, has been made a Lady Companion – believed to be the first black person to be appointed to the chivalric order.

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