Sir Harry! Prince Harry Gets Surprise Knighthood from the Queen
Arise Sir Harry! Prince Harry that is.
Although technically he’s not a “sir,” Harry, 30, has been appointed a Knight Commander or the Royal Victorian Order by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.
Founded in April 1896 by Queen Victoria, the awards under the Royal Victorian Order are given for services to the monarch, and often members of the household are rewarded for their work in this way. The Queen, 89, dubbed her grandson in a private ceremony.
Crucially, they are given in her own right, rather than following governmental recommendation.
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“The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointment to the Royal Victorian Order: To be a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO), HRH Prince Henry of Wales,” the palace said in a statement to PEOPLE.
He joins his brother Prince William in the ranks of royal knights. While William, 32, doesn t have an RVO, he is a Knight of the Garter, which will be marked with its annual ceremony June 15, and of the Thistle, a title for Scotland. Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are all members of the Royal Victorian Order.
In non-knight news, Harry is nearing the end of his army career and played in a soccer game at Chelsea FC’s stadium, Stamford Bridge Thursday, helping raise money in a charity match for his African cause Sentebale.
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