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Why Kate Middleton Did Not Wear a Sash at the Dutch State Dinner

Town and Country logo Town and Country 10/23/2018 Megan Friedman
a person in a uniform: Kate Middleton did not wear a sash at a state dinner with the Dutch royal family Tuesday night. Various other members of the royal family did wear a sash. © Press Association Kate Middleton did not wear a sash at a state dinner with the Dutch royal family Tuesday night. Various other members of the royal family did wear a sash.
  • Kate Middleton did not wear a sash at a state dinner Tuesday night.
  • Various other members of the royal family did wear a sash.
  • But she did wear a yellow badge indicating a new honor.

On Tuesday night, Kate Middleton joined Prince William, the Queen, and various other royals at a state banquet to welcome the King and Queen of the Netherlands. But Kate didn’t sport one thing that the rest of her family wore: a sash.

a person in a dress: Why Kate Middleton Did Not Wear a Sash © Press Association Why Kate Middleton Did Not Wear a Sash

Camilla Parker Bowles wore a blue sash, as did Queen Elizabeth II.

a group of people posing for the camera: BRITAIN-NETHERLANDS-ROYALS © PETER NICHOLLS - Getty Images BRITAIN-NETHERLANDS-ROYALS

Last year, at the Spanish State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, Kate also did not wear a sash.

a man wearing a hat in front of a car: State Visit Of The King And Queen Of Spain - Day 1 © Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images State Visit Of The King And Queen Of Spain - Day 1

And she didn't wear a sash in 2015, at a state banquet with China’s president, Xi Jinping.

a man and a woman standing in front of a wedding cake: State Visit Of The President Of The People's Republic Of China - Day 2 © WPA Pool - Getty Images State Visit Of The President Of The People's Republic Of China - Day 2

But Tuesday night's state dinner did see Kate with a new honor: a yellow badge, with a brooch featuring a portrait of the Queen.

The sashes and badges are known as “orders,” and they are given from the Queen to relatives in the royal family as a reward for their service, People reports. The blue sash represents the Royal Victorian Order of Queen Elizabeth II, which Kate does not have.

However, tonight she did wear a yellow badge on her dress, indicating Kate has been given the Royal Family Order. It appears to be new, since she did not wear the badge at previous engagements. Majesty Magazine reports that this is actually the second time the Duchess of Cambridge has worn the family order and "unlike other examples of the family order, the Duchess of Cambridge’s is made of glass rather than ivory."

The press has speculated for years about when Kate would receive the family order, but it’s not necessarily a surprise Kate doesn’t have the Royal Victorian Order yet. She is relatively new to the royal family, and she is not as close of a relative to the Queen as her mother-in-law, Camilla, for example.

Plus, she has not completed as many royal engagements as other women in the royal family just yet. That’s likely because she has had three children and doesn’t have as much time as others in the family. But here's betting she'll get her blue sash in due time.

Related: Meghan Markle Finds Certain Royal Rules 'Difficult to Understand,' Says Source [Provided by People]

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