Queen Elizabeth honors Kate Middleton with highest female rank

Reigning supreme!

On Monday, Queen Elizabeth officially named her granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, as a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, the highest possible female rank. The date also serves as Kate and the Duke of Cambridge's eight year wedding anniversary.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been honored for her "services to the Sovereign," the Buckingham Palace announced on Twitter.

Queen Victoria established the Royal Victorian Order in 1896 as a way to honor people who have performed personal services or have helped to represent her. The dynastic order of knighthood is personally selected by the reigning monarch.

In 2017, Prince Philip, was officiated as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on his 70th wedding anniversary to Queen Elizabeth. Other Knights and Dames Grand Cross include Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. 

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Kate Middleton waves back to an excited crowd as she enters the church. This was the first moment the world caught a glimpse at the stunning Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown.

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Pippa Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.

When Pippa Middleton stepped out behind her sister Kate, the world took notice of her 'perfectly shaped backside'. Blogs, Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts were set up in its honor!

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Kate looked just lovely as her father walked her down the aisle.

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The Duchess's dress had an impressive, yet manageable, train, which Pippa tended to like a pro.

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The happy couple could breathe a sigh of relief as they left Westminster Abbey -- it was now time for celebration.

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Kate is simply gleaming following the ceremony while she's being taken with her new husband to the palace.

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Um, hands down the best dressed of the day. How adorable are these kiddos?!

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Queen Elizabeth II following the Royal Wedding is perfect in light yellow!

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Prince Harry is no stranger to these types of high profile events, but he seemed to be really enjoying himself.

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Kate's parents were impeccably dressed, with the Mother of the Bride simply glowing in pale blue.

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Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York exit Westminster Abbey after the Royal Wedding showing off their intricate and detailed hats (which garnered plenty of attention).

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Victoria Beckham arrives to attend the Royal Wedding wearing a navy dress with a matching small pill box hat.

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Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives to attend the Royal Wedding wearing an intricate royal blue hat which matched her blue dress.

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The first royal kiss occurred on the balcony of the palace, but the real moment occurred right below when the little flower girl pressed her hands against her ears -- clearly, she was not amused.

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Kate's second dress -- for the evening festivities -- was just as stunning. We loved the sparkling belt!

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 13: TRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 13: TRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Guests mingle in Westminster Abbey in London where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images)
Sir Elton John (left) and partner David Furnish are directed to their seats in Westminster Abbey in London where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The choir take their places in Westminster Abbey in London, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
Pippa Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton depart the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
Catherine Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Dignitaries arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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