A royal gathering took place on Tuesday at Windsor Castle without the Prince and Princess of Wales.
The King, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present at the Royal Victorian Order’s service at St. George’s Chapel, according to the Court Circular.
The late Queen Elizabeth II appointed Catherine as a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 2019. Royals who hold the honor typically attend the service. In 2012, the honor was also bestowed upon the Queen Consort Camilla.
Catherine was unable to participate in the service this year because she had just established a City of London Business Taskforce for Early Childhood.
The future queen attended the taskforce’s first meeting, which was attended by representatives from Unilever, Ikea, NatWest, and Lego. This initiative followed the debut of the future monarch’s Shaping Us project, which she referred to as her “life’s work” and which aimed to increase awareness of young children’s early years of development.
Prince William, who is the president of the Earthshot Prize, met in the interim.
The Royal Victorian Order’s service is only held at St. George’s once every four years because the King’s Chapel of the Savoy in London, the Order’s chapel, cannot hold enough people.
In order for Queen Victoria to recognize and reward personal service to the Sovereign, she founded the Royal Victorian Order in 1896.