The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II is an honour bestowed as a mark of personal esteem on female members of the British Royal Family for personal service to Queen Elizabeth II. It is also (rarely) awarded to women outside the Royal Family who have served the Queen in a personal capacity: for example, the Dowager Duchess of Grafton is a member of the Order, as was her predecessor as Mistress of the Robes (the Duchess of Devonshire). It is not automatically awarded and there is no public announcement of the honour. Usually the only way it can be known if it has been awarded is by viewing photos or film from State Visit banquets or other formal similar evening occasions requiring the wearing of honours and awards.
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