Kate Middleton has a new title that is a first for the royal family

King Charles III has given Catherine, Princess of Wales, a new title that marks a first in the history of the British royal family.

The palace announced a new honors list on St. George’s Day, April 23, including the appointment of the former Kate Middleton Royal Companion of The Order of the Companions of Honor.

The king’s daughter-in-law is the first member of the royal family to ever be named the Companions of Honor.

The Order of the Companions of Honor was founded by King George V in 1917 to recognize outstanding achievements in the arts, sciences, medicine and public service, according to the royal family’s website.

Its current 65 members include politicians, singers, scientists, novelists, actors and athletes, such as Elton John, Paul McCartney and JK Rowling.

The new title is the latest sign of support between the King and the Princess of Wales, who announced in March that she is being treated for cancer. Charles is also undergoing cancer treatment.

She has been a long-time supporter of the arts as patron of the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Royal Photographic Society.

Charles also awarded Prince William the title Grand Master of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath. Charles previously held the title, but gave it up when he ascended the throne in 2022.

The order was established in 1725 by King George I and is awarded to members of the military or civil service for their exemplary service. William was previously a helicopter and air ambulance pilot for the British Royal Air Force.

Charles also appointed his wife, Queen Camilla, as Grand Master and First or First Lady Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

The title was previously held by the late Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, from 1953 to 2021.

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