Kate proud as Will becomes new 'knight'
Posted July 5, 2012
As Duchess Kate glowed proudly, Prince William was installed today in Scotland as a new Knight of the Ancient Order of the Thistle, in one of those elaborate costumed ceremonies that could only happen in the U.K.
The Thistle is the highest honor of chivalry in Scotland bestowed by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and the latest for the future king, now 30, as he joins the family firm as an increasingly busy and visible senior working royal.
It's also seen as a way to strengthen ties between the royal family and Scotland in advance of a coming referendum there on Scotland's indepedence from Britain. The Thistle installation was a highlight of the queen's four-day visit to Scotland to mark her Diamond Jubilee year of 60 years on the throne.
The 45-minute ceremony took place in Edinburgh in the Thistle Chapel of St. Giles Cathedral. The Telegraph had a video. Besides the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, their daughter Princess Anne the Princess Royal was there along with the other two dozen member knights. But not William's father, Prince Charles, who was attending an environmental meeting at his home outside London.
Like the Order of the Garter, the highest U.K. honor, in which William is also a member, the ceremony features a church service, prayers, hymns, piper bands, drummers and dancers, and the signature procession of the knights in their antique feathered hats and deep green-velvet ceremonial robes dripping with gold. It looked chilly and rainy, as per usual.
William's wife, the former Kate Middleton, now Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (also the Countess of Strathearn, William's earldom title when he's in Scotland), was a beacon of sunny elegance in a $1,900 Emilia Wickstead coatdress in yellow-gold raffia, topped by a cappuccino-colored tam o' shanter-style hat with a bow, according to bloggers who track her fashion. She wore black pumps and carried a yellow-toned tartan clutch.
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