Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, Kate Middleton was excluded from the Order of the Garter’s annual service.
The Order of the Garter is a special order of chivalry. It is the most senior order of knighthood and it is up to the Queen to make appointments to the order, according to the Royal Family’s official Instagram handle.
However, membership is limited at any one time to 26 members, including the monarch and the Prince of Wales. And, even though members wear a special badge, it changes with every given rank.
They can also be recognised by their dark blue capes and large Tudor bonnet hats with ostrich and heron feathers.
Women can be members too, but they are referred to as Ladies Companion while male members are called Knights Companion.
In the organisation, the Queen is addressed as the Sovereign of the Garter and Prince Charles is known as the Royal Knight Companion of the Garter.
Members of the Royal family included in the service comprise, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Baroness Margaret Thatcher was also a member.
It is not known exactly why the Queen has chosen to exclude Kate Middleton, but it is notable that while her children are members none of their partners are. This includes Prince Charles’ wife and future Queen Consort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
However, Kate has a number of honours. In December 2017 Kate was given the Royal Family Order of Elizabeth II.