The Princess of Wales in a Royal Family first

Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

The Princess of Wales is the first member of the Royal Family to join the Order of the Companions of Honour.

King Charles made Catherine a Royal Companion of The Order of the Companions of Honour. She joins the ranks of notable members like Sir David Attenborough, Dame Maggie Smith, JK Rowling and Sir Elton John.

The Princess of Wales is being honoured for her contribution to the arts and public service after being part of the Royal Family for 13 years.

Catherine is patron of several organisations and locations related to art, including The Royal Photographic Society and The National Portrait Gallery.

According to Buckingham Palace: “The Order of the Companions of Honour was founded by King George V in 1917 to recognise outstanding achievements in the Arts, Sciences, Medicine and Public Service. ”

Membership is limited to 65 people at a time and those with the honour carry “CH” after their name.

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