After taking in a match yesterday at Wimbledon, the Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband up in Edinburgh, Scotland today (July 5th) for a very special appointment. Prince William was made a Knight of the Order of The Thistle by Queen Elizabeth, the highest honor in Scotland and second only to the significance of the Order of The Garter, according to the Mirror‘s Victoria Murphy.
Her Majesty made the announcement May 29th, and today a service was held in St. Giles Cathedral. Following this, a special parade on the Royal Mile marked the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The press release on Buckingham Palace’s site read:
The Queen has been pleased to appoint Prince William, The Earl of Strathearn, to be a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.
Appointments to the Order of the Thistle are entirely in the personal gift of The Queen and are not made on the advice of the Prime Minister, as are most other Honours.
The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle represents the highest honour in Scotland. Revived by King James VII, the Order has a complement of 16 Knights (KT). In 1987, The Queen decided that ladies should be eligible for the Thistle in the same way as men.
The Motto of the Order is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (No one provokes me with impunity).
People packed the streets to catch a glimpse of Catherine, in a buttercup yellow Emilia Wickstead coat dress with the same Whiteley hat seen atop her head at the 2011 Epsom Derby. Her Royal Highness also clutched a Strathearn tartan scarf as she watched her husband receive his honor in full regalia.
William and Catherine are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland.