This has already been discussed in the comments a bit, but I want to cover it anyway so I can talk about it. The Daily Mail’s Girl About Town column has an article claiming that Kate Middleton will receive the Royal Family Order from Queen Elizabeth II this year for her work with mental health.
The Daily Mail previously reported, based on the random speculation of a woman peddling a book, the Kate would receive the RFO in 2015 when the Queen overtook Queen Victoria as longest reigning British monarch, and that clearly didn’t pan out, so let’s take this with a giant grain of salt as we read:
“In this Sapphire Year celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, I hear from my Palace moles that it is highly likely the Duchess of Cambridge is to finally get a Royal gong.
“Kate is currently the only senior Royal wife without either the Royal Victorian Order or the Family Order, which are uniquely given by the Queen personally for service to the Royal Family. It is a state of affairs that prompted one guest at the recent Diplomatic Corps reception to remark that Kate ‘looked naked without an honour’ – as the other Royals sported sashes and badges signifying the Orders to which they belong.
“It seems the Queen may agree and Royal sources say Her Majesty may finally be willing to give the Duchess an honour as part of the celebrations for her upcoming jubilee, in recognition of Kate’s work with mental health charities, an initiative that has become very popular.
“One courtier tells me: ‘The Queen wanted Kate to put more effort into her charity work before giving her a Royal Order. Now her charity Heads Together has taken off, she thinks it’s time to act.’
“Buckingham Palace declined to comment.”
It amuses me that the quoted ‘guest at the Diplomatic Reception’ said Kate looked “naked” without any orders, because that was literally a comment on here under my article about the Diplomatic Reception.
It also amuses me that the quoted ‘courtier’ mentions “Kate’s charity Heads Together” like it’s something Kate started by herself. Heads Together proclaimed itself to be a joint initiative between William, Kate, and Harry which was put together by the Royal Foundation. While it is the “charity” Kate interacted with the most last year (a whole 7 times), unlike both William and Harry, Kate has never done a solo Heads Together engagement.
If The Queen gives the RFO to Kate, Kate will be allowed to wear it whether people agree she “earned it” or not. William did not “earn” his Garter or Thistle orders in any sort of way other than being the heir’s heir, but HM still gave them to him so he gets to wear them.
I personally think William not having to “earn” the highest orders in the UK to be a much bigger insult than Kate receiving the RFO without seemingly “earning” it. The RFO is something personally given by the monarch for whatever reason they choose – George V gave Elizabeth and Margret his RFO when they were children, so they definitely didn’t “earn” it – so while we may disagree about whether it is “earned” or not, no one has to really “earn” the RFO; it’s something given by the monarch as their will.
I know many people will disagree with me, but as time goes on I’m having a harder and harder time getting worked up over Kate receiving the RFO. I’m more interested in the fact that the RFO is painted on ivory and what it means for Kate to wear it when William is so staunchly against ivory.
But enough about that, you guys, because Claire Foy and John Lithgow won SAG Awards last night for their work in The Crown!
Claire Foy won Female Actor in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. Foy thanked the people who make the show, especially the more than 250 actors. She specifically thanked Matt Smith, whom she called a “really spontaneous, exciting and incredibly talented actor”.
In the backstage interview, Foy was asked whether the Royal Family had seen the show, and she said that she didn’t know for sure but that they have a Netflix subscription so they probably know about it.
John Lithgow won Male Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.
Foy and Smith posed together on the red carpet. Foy wore a Valentino gown. It’s not really working for me. I like her Golden Globes dress much better.
Here is a video of Foy’s acceptance speech.
Here is a video of Lithgow’s acceptance speech.
Here is a video of the backstage interview.