Queen Elizbaeth news: Her Majesty awards Camilla HIGHEST honour for services to the Royal Family

THE Queen has made the Duchess of Cornwall a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Camilla's elevation to the nation's most prestigious order of chivalry is in recognition of her contribution to the monarchy. The duchess married the Prince of Wales in 2005 and since that year has officially supported the Queen through her own public works and engagements.

Camilla is patron or supporter of a number of literacy charities, speaks out in support of victims of domestic violence and champions several animal welfare organisations.

The appointment of Royal Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter is in the gift of the Queen who acts independently of Number 10 and recognises those who have served the sovereign personally.

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    Queen’s head chef recognised for services to monarchy

    The Queen’s head chef has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) by the monarch.

    Mark Flanagan oversaw the dishes served at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 2018 wedding reception and has led the catering team at other major events like state banquets.

    Rather than a formal sit-down dinner, Meghan and Harry’s guests were also served a selection of bowl food including 10-hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling.

    The head chef of the royal household has worked for some of the world’s best chefs, like Michel and Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc, and will celebrate 20 years working for the royal family next year.

    Awards under the RVO are in the Queen’s gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the royal family in a personal way.

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    Camilla awarded nation's most prestigious order by the Queen

    The Queen has made the Duchess of Cornwall a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

    Camilla's elevation to the nation's most prestigious order of chivalry is in recognition of her contribution to the monarchy.

    The duchess married the Prince of Wales in 2005 and since that year has officially supported the Queen through her own public works and engagements.

    Camilla is patron or supporter of a number of literacy charities, speaks out in support of victims of domestic violence and champions several animal welfare organisations.

    The appointment of Royal Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter is in the gift of the Queen who acts independently of Number 10 and recognises those who have served the sovereign personally.

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    2022 to be a monumental year for the Queen

    The Queen is due to reach her historic Platinum Jubilee in 2022, becoming the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne.

    The national Jubilee festivities are taking place in June over a four-day holiday weekend.

    But the Queen is actually set to pass the milestone on February 6 – the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI in 1952.

    The Queen usually spends her accession day privately at Sandringham, but it is possible she may be seen at church, or carry out a local engagement in Norfolk as she has done in the past on milestone jubilees.

    The royal extravaganza from June 2-5 – with an extra Bank Holiday – includes Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a visit to the Epsom Derby, a live concert at Buckingham Palace, and street parties and picnics.

    A Platinum Jubilee Pageant will also be staged on June 5 against the backdrop of the Palace and along The Mall in central London, and combine street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume.

    But how much the public will see of the Queen during the celebrations has not yet been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

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    Tony Blair 'deeply grateful to Queen' for Knighthood

    Tony Blair has been Knighted in this year's Honours list.

    In two tweets issued by the Tony Blair Foundation, the former prime minister said: "It is an immense honour to be appointed Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty the Queen.

    It was a great privilege to serve as Prime Minister and I would like to thank all those who served alongside me in politics, public service and all parts of our society, for their dedication and commitment to our country."

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    The meaning behind Harry & Meghan's 'constant hand holding'

    MEGHAN & Harry's 'constant' displays of public affection offer a window into the truth about their relationship, an expert has claimed.

    Inbaal Honigman, astrologer and body language expert has analysed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s physical affection – claiming it shows the strength of their partnership.

    She said: "Looking at Harry and Meghan, they are certainly in love. They haven't been married for that many years, and are still having babies, which is a very loving stage of a relationship.

    “So their constant hand holding, cuddling, leaning on each other, are displays of affection, which are definitely genuine and not for the cameras.”

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    Six witnesses can link Prince Andrew to sex assault accuser, say lawyers

    LAWYERS for Prince Andrew’s sex assault accuser claim they have six witnesses who will say the two met — as they labelled Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction “ominous” for the royal.

    David Boies urged Andrew to “take responsibility” for his alleged actions as he outlined what Maxwell’s guilt may mean for Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s sex assault lawsuit against him.

    US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, sitting in New York, will decide on Tuesday if Ms Roberts’ civil claim for unspecified damages against the Duke of York can proceed to trial.

    It came as her lawyers made eight “discovery requests” of the duke in readiness for a possible longer hearing including proof for his Newsnight claim that he cannot sweat.

    Ms Giuffre, 38, said in a 2019 interview that the prince was “sweating all over me” at a club on a night she alleges they had sex.

    She claims she was trafficked to the duke in 2001 at age 17 and abused in London, New York and the Caribbean.

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    PM congratulates names on NY Honours list

    Boris Johnson last night sent his congratulations to those on the New Year’s honours list;

    He tweeted a link to the full list and added: “Congratulations to the 2022 New Year Honours recipients!”

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    Whitty, Van-Tam and Harries included in New Year's Honours

    England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam, and Wales' and Scotland's CMOs, Frank Atherton and Dr Gregor Smith, have been given knighthoods.

    There are also damehoods for UK Health Security Agency chief, Dr Jenny Harries – whose organisation is responsible for the country's testing regime – and Dr June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

    The Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, who was knighted in the 2019 New Year Honours list, is elevated to a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

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    Downing Street: 'Likely' PM's audience with Queen to go virtual

    Downing Street said it was likely the Prime Minister's audiences with the Queen would move to being virtual.

    Asked whether Boris Johnson would continue to meet the Queen in person, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "That will be a matter for the royal family.

    "I'm not aware of them not being… I think they will probably be moved virtually but that'll be a matter for the palace."

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    Prince Charles & Camilla's Happy New Year post

    Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have shared a series of pictures on their social media as they wish everyone a Happy New Year.

    Taking to their Twitter account, Prince of Wales his wife wrote: "A joy to see so many of you again this year – whether that be with elbow bumps, handshakes or a friendly wave from afar!

    "Wishing you all a very happy and restful New Year."

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    Piers Morgan: ‘powerful men could be sweating… and not sweating’

    PIERS Morgan says "a lot of powerful people could be sweating… and not sweating" in a jibe at Prince Andrew following Ghislaine Maxwell's guilty verdict.

    TV host Piers has questioned whether Maxwell will "name names" to in a bid to dodge a lengthy sentence as she faces the prospect of dying in jail.

    He wrote on Twitter: "Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison?

    "If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight… and not sweating."

    His remark about "not sweating" came as a dig at the Duke of York after he claimed in his disastrous BBC interview that he "couldn't sweat".

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    Start of the Royal Family calendar

    The Queen will be joined by the nation in celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in the summer of 2022, but there are also other key events in the New Year that the Queen is due to attend.

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said to Express.co.uk: "there's so much we don't know" the royals' calendar in the coming year.

    He said: “Trips abroad, for example, royal engagements, how many will be in person? The pandemic has and will continue to affect a great deal of events.”

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    Duke of Kent to release book before Harry

    A source has said that the Queen's cousin is set to release his own memoirs before Prince Harry's bombshell book comes out next year.

    The Duke of Kent's royal book is due to be published in May.

    A source close to the Duke told the Daily Mail: "Edward’s book will aim to show that the most successful members of the Royal Family are those who support the Queen and don’t compete with her."

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    What are the New Year's Honours judged on?

    The honours system recognises individual achievements in fields including:

    • community, voluntary and local services
    • arts and media
    • sport
    • science and technology
    • health
    • education
    • business and the economy
    • civil or political service

    To receive an honour, the recipient must be actively involved in the area where they would have been nominated for and the only honours which can be awarded after someone's death are bravery awards.

    Kate's 40th birthday plan

    It is claimed that Kate Middleton will most likely have a "low-key" 40th birthday celebration next month which will avoid comparisons with Meghan Markle.

    Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK! he believes the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday will instead be an affair that is “deliberately modest.

    He claims the palace is keen to avoid “this awful continuation of one-upmanship” with the Duchess of Sussex.

    Mr Larcombe said: "It will be low key and it will be focused entirely on the family.”

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      Explained: Who decides who receives an award?

      Whether someone gets an honour is decided by the honours committee.

      Honours committees are made up of both senior civil servants and people who are independent of government with an independent chairperson.

      All nominees are checked by various government departments to make sure they're suitable for honour and this may include checks by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) before their recommendations are passed on to the Prime Minister, and then the Queen.

      Once all recipients have been decided and checks have been completed, the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St James's Palace then arranges for the recipients to be presented with their medals by the Queen or other members of the Royal Family.

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      Why Meghan and Harry 'constantly hold hands'

      An astrologer and body language expert has commented about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's public displays of affection.

      Expert Inbaal Honigman said: "Looking at Harry and Meghan, they are certainly in love.

      “They haven't been married for that many years, and are still having babies, which is a very loving stage of a relationship.

      “So their constant hand holding, cuddling, leaning on each other, are displays of affection, which are definitely genuine and not for the cameras.”

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      When is the New Year's Honours list announced?

      A list of approximately 1,350 names is published twice a year, at the New Year and on the date of the Sovereign's (official) birthday.

      The New Year Honours are awarded as part of the New Year celebrations at the start of January and those for next year were announced on 30 December.

      Recipients of the honours list this year will have a scheduled event at some point in the upcoming year with The Queen or her regal representative to mark the occasion and award their medals or decoration.

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      Christmas 'a test' for The Queen

      A source has said that The Queen's first Christmas since the death of husband Prince Philip was "a test."

      A source told US Weekly: "Without Prince Philip by her side, Christmas was a bit difficult for the Queen.

      "And the fact of not being able to spend it with all your family did not help."

      Despite this, a source said: "Elizabeth II is not the type to feel sorry for her fate."

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      Queen's annual lucky dip

      The royal family spend quality time together on New Year's playing games such as charades and the Queen will also participate in an annual lucky dip predicting the year ahead for the royals.

      A source previously said to The Express: “The predictions are written up by the household but approved by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

      “Each member of the family picks out an envelope and reads out their ­prediction to the rest of the room.

      “They’re meant to be funny but like all the family’s humour there’s an element of score-settling and getting even to them. 

      “They’re usually taken in good humour but some people can get quite huffy if they feel they’re being got at.”

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      When did Jeffrey Epstein dress in a Navy SEAL uniform?

      Epstein dressed in a Navy SEAL uniform back in 2006 for Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday party.

      He wore a white high-ranking Navy commander suit, which is reserved for formal occasions.

      Senior officials usually wear this uniform, which includes the Navy SEAL Trident, the insignia reserved for members of the elite fighting force.

      Epstein's suit featured legitimate service ribbons and medals, although some were fictitious.

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      How the royal family spend New Year’s Eve

      This year will feel very different for the Queen as it is the first since the death of her husband Prince Philip – and her plans have also been affected by the pandemic.

      Typically the royal family spends the festive season in the countryside away from the city. 

      The official royal website says: “The Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas and New Year at Sandringham House. The Queen's country estate in Norfolk.”

      The Queen usually stays in Sandringham until February 6 each year, which is the date of the death of her father King George VI in 1952. 

      Kate Middleton and Prince William typically take their kids to spend New Year’s Eve with the Middleton family, who live in Berkshire.

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spent the last two Christmas seasons across the pond.

      It is not known how the Sussexes and Cambridges will be spending the New Year break this year.

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      Where was Ghislaine hiding?

      Ghislaine Maxwell:

      • After Epstein got arrested, Maxwell took refuge in many unknown parts of the world.
      • Her whereabouts were unknown until the FBI began tracking her and found out she was living in Bedford, New Hampshire.
      • Maxwell was also living with a man, Scott Borgerson who reportedly was her boyfriend.
      • Borgerson is the CEO of a tech company called CargoMetrics and is 14 years her senior.
      • He claims the two were never 'together' and were 'just friends.'

      Ghislaine Maxwell faces ANOTHER criminal trial 

      Ghislaine Maxwell could face another criminal trial following her conviction for child sex trafficking offences by a New York court.

      The disgraced socialite could be back in court next year on charges that she lied under oath about what she know about Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of underage girls.

      Maxwell was accused of “serving up” girls for the late multi-millionaire Epstein, her former lover, with the pair described as “partners in crime”.

      US District Judge Alison Nathan – who oversaw the case – has agreed to try Maxwell on two counts of perjury separately from her sex-crimes charges, according to Bloomberg.

      Prosecutors are looking to further expose the relationship Epstein had with Maxwell.

      Prince Andrew holed up alone in Windsor

      PRINCE Andrew was holed up alone in Windsor last night after pal Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking — and his family left for a ski holiday.

      A New York Court will decide on Tuesday if his accuser Virginia Giuffre’s assault claims can go to trial.

      Andrew, 61, denies any wrongdoing.

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