The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her eighth wedding anniversary on Monday, and received a very special present from the Queen. Kate was awarded the highest honour by her majesty by being granted the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victoria Order (GCVO), joining other members of the royal family who have also been given the title, including the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex. Since marrying Prince William in 2011, the mum-of-three has also received several royal family heirlooms. These have included some special pieces from Princess Diana's jewellery collection, as well as having the opportunity to borrow some incredible jewels from the Queen. Here are just a few of the special gifts Kate has received throughout her time in the royal family.
After the arrival of her third child Prince Louis, Kate was gifted a stunning citrine ring by her husband Prince William. The Duchess' push present, which she debuted at Prince Harry and Meghan's royal wedding in May three weeks after the birth, was a particularly fitting present. Reflecting the power of the sun, citrine encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings and new pursuits.
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Talk about a dream wedding gift! The Queen bestowed newlyweds Prince William and Kate with their very own home on the Sandringham estate after their wedding in 2011. Anmer Hall has since been entirely renovated and is where the couple go with their children to spend some time away from the public eye. They lived there for over two years before their return to Kensington Palace.
Princess Diana's engagement ring:
Upon their engagement in 2010, Kate was presented with perhaps the most famous piece from William's mother's collection - her engagement ring. The striking band features a 12-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and set in 18-carat white gold, and has set trends around the world ever since.
Sapphire and diamond earrings:
Prince William also gave Kate a pair of matching sapphire and diamond earrings around the time of their wedding. The Duchess had them customised into drop earrings and debuted them on her tour of Canada, wearing them on several subsequent occasions over the years.
A white and yellow diamond jewellery set:
Generous father-in-law Prince Charles gave Kate a set of art deco diamond jewellery as a wedding gift in 2011. The set features a white and yellow diamond bracelet, earrings and ring, which Kate has worn on several occasions, both together and separately.
A charm bracelet:
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall presented Kate with a gold link charm bracelet as a wedding gift. The bracelet features a gold disc engraved with a C for Catherine and a coronet on one side, and a crown and C for Camilla on the other. The Duchess has been spotted wearing the bracelet on a few occasions, including at Zara and Mike Tindall's wedding in July 2011.
Green Amethyst earrings:
Prince William treated Kate to some jewellery from her favourite designer, Kiki McDonough, for their first Christmas as a married couple. The green amethyst earrings are surrounded by diamonds and set in 18-carat yellow gold, and Kate debuted them as she attended the church service on Christmas Day in 2011.
An eternity ring:
The romantic Prince is also believed to have bought Kate a diamond eternity ring by Anoushka following the birth of their son Prince George in 2013.
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch:
Lucky Kate received the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch for her third wedding anniversary in 2014. Not only is the watch set with a tiny sapphire - matching her engagement ring - but the brand also has a special significance to Prince William whose late mother always wore a Cartier watch and gave him a specially-engraved timepiece for one of his birthdays when he was younger.
Royal Family Order:
In October, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a lavish state banquet with the Dutch royal family during their visit to the UK. The brooch pinned to Kate's dress was the Royal Family Order, a personal gift from the 92-year-old monarch, which is painted with an image of the Queen, and made from glass, rather than the traditional ivory. This was the second time that Kate had been seen wearing the special gift – the first being in December 2017 when she attended the Diplomatic Corps reception. The Royal Family Order is a special honour given to female family members as a thank you for their service.
Queen's highest honour:
On 29 April 2019, the Duchess was granted the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victoria Order (GCVO) by the Queen. The awards in the Royal Victorian Order are made personally by the Queen, for services to the Sovereign, and highlights the Duchess' close relationship with the royal family and her countless work. The Royal Victoria Order was first instituted by Queen Victoria in 1896 to reward personal services performed on her behalf. Kate was awarded the highest ranking from the award – with the ranks being Knight or Dame Grand Cross (GCVO), Knight or Dame Commander (KCVO or DCVO), Commander (CVO), Lieutenant (LVO) and Member (MVO).