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Meghan Markle the only Royal not to wear this detail at RAF service

Junie Sihlangu
Jul 18, 2018
07:34 A.M.
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Last Tuesday, the British Royal Family attended the centenary of the RAF. Duchess Meghan chose a stunning Dior boatneck dress to mark the event.

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However, she was the only senior female Royal that didn’t wear a brooch. The reason for this was that the Queen hadn’t assigned her an honorary title within the RAF yet according to The Sun.

The Queen is responsible for giving honorary Titles within the RAF as she is head of all the armed services. Duchess Kate wore a large diamond Dacre brooch for the event.

The brooch features a crown nestled on top of the RAF initials. It is surrounded by a ring of gold leaves, emeralds, and another ring of diamonds.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Kate received the brooch from the RAF when she was made an Honorary Air Commandant in 2015.

The brooch was typically given to the best female cadet every year. It was the highest award any woman of the rank could achieve.

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However, this changed in 2015, when women were instead recognized with a sword just like their male peers. That’s when the RAF presented the meaningful item to Kate as a gift following her appointment.

She took over the role from the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Other women who wore brooches were the Queen, who was seen in the Star Jardine Brooch which is full of diamonds. It features eight diamond encrusted rays stemming from a large solitaire in the middle, with eight smaller gems between each ray.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore a silver and diamond winged brooch.

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It’s her RAF brooch for her official capacity as Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Halton. Princess Anne chose a gold version and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, went for a wing motif sitting on a cluster of silver beads and gems.

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Anne's gold RAF pin was for her role as Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Brize Norton. Sophie's was related to her role as Honorary Air Commodore RAF Wittering.

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