THE QUEEN has given her grandson, Prince Harry, a personal honour - a knighthood.
The 30-year-old was officially dubbed a knight in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace by the Queen.
Harry was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order - an honour in the personal gift of the Queen which recognises service to her.
It is likely to reflect his role as a working member of the Royal Family.
It comes as Harry is set to leave the Army later this month after 10 years of service.
He saw action in Afghanistan twice, most recently in 2012, as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner.
He also launched the Invictus Games - a special sporting competition for people injured while serving in the armed forces.
The inaugural event was held in London last year.
Sentebale, a charity he founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, is another campaign that is close to Harry’s heart.
It seeks to help vulnerable children who are victims of poverty and the nation’s HIV/Aids epidemic.
The Prince also regularly carries out a number of royal duties.
The RVO knighthood honour is given to people who have served the Queen or the monarchy in a personal way.
These may include family members, officials from the Royal Household and British ambassadors who have helped to organise a state visit.
It was founded by Queen Victoria in April 1896.
Knighthood in the Middle Ages was closely linked with horsemanship from its origins in the 12th century until its final flowering as a fashion among the high nobility in the Duchy of Burgundy in the 15th century.