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Queen's cousin is made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

by Josh Whinham (2020-05-16)


The Queen has made her cousin Lady Elizabeth Shakerley a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order as a sign of her personal esteem. 

Lady Elizabeth, 78, daughter of the Queen's first cousin, the late Princess Anne of Denmark, was given the honour yesterday, according to the Court Circular. 

It is not thought a ceremony would have taken place yesterday as the Queen, 93, remains in joint isolation with Prince Philip, 98, at Windsor Castle. 

As well as being the Queen's cousin, Lady Elizabeth has also served as her party planner since 1960 and has organised a number of royal soirees, including an event held ahead of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011. 






The Queen has made her cousin Lady Elizabeth Shakerley a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order as a sign of her personal esteem. Pictured, together at the Goring Hotel in 2010


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The entry in the Court Circular reads: 'The Lady Elizabeth Shakerley has been appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by The Queen today and has received the Insignia.'

It is possible the order was conferred via video call or telephone. 






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Awards in the Royal Victorian Order are made by The Queen to people who have served her or the Monarchy in a personal way.

As well as family members it includes members of the royal household and senior diplomatic figures.

Lady Elizabeth is the sister of late society photographer Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield. Their mother, Anne Bowes-Lyon, was a niece of the Queen Mother and King George VI was Lady Elizabeth's godfather. 






As well as being the Queen's cousin, Lady Elizabeth has long served as her party planner and has organised a number of royal soirees. Pictured, Lady Elizabeth at Royal Ascot in 2013


Lady Elizabeth married Sir Geoffrey Shakerley at Westminster Abbey in July 1972. Guests included the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, while Princess Anne served as bridesmaid. 

Sir Geoffrey and Lady Elizabeth had one daughter, Lady Fiona, before divorcing in 2009.  

She has been praised for her discreet approach to handling her cousin's social occasions through her company, Party Planners. 

However in a rare interview with Tatler magazine she offered some insight into the Queen's tastes.

She said: 'For years it was believed that the Queen loved only yellow freesia. They appeared on every table decoration. Until I offered her an alternative and we discovered that she loved all sorts of blooms, from peonies to white roses.

She added: tax preparation 'The Queen is the most meticulous host. She checks every dining-room setting, every flower, every guest bedroom and always chooses her own menu. We could all learn something from that.'