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LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has appointed the Duchess of Cornwall to the highest female

rank in the Royal Victorian Order, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

Queen Elizabeth II grants 

Camilla new honor

Queen Elizabeth II grants Camilla new honor

The announcement that Camilla has been made a Dame Grand

Cross comes on the day of her seventh wedding anniversary with Prince Charles, the queen’s son.

Awards under the

Royal Victorian Order, which was founded in 1896 by Queen Victoria, are given by the queen to people who have

served her or the monarchy in a personal way. They are bestowed independently of the prime minister’s office.

Once

vilified as a the old flame who poisoned Charles’ first marriage to Princess Diana, Camilla has become an integral member of the royal family since she married the prince on April 9,

2005 — eight years after Diana’s death.

Since the couple’s civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, the British

public has warmed to Camilla and the 64-year-old has carried out hundreds of royal engagements and taken on a wide range of

patronages.

She also has traveled extensively with the prince on official visits, including a recent tour of

Scandinavia with stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Lately, Camilla was seen stepping out with the queen and the

former Kate

Middleton— who married Prince William— for an appearance in

London.

Buckingham Palace said Camilla will be invested with the insignia of her rank at a later date.

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