Kate beams in yellow as William joins exclusive Thistle order
Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince William, attend the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh for the installation of Prince William as a Knight of the Thistle on Thursday. (AP)
The occasion was the installation of Prince William as a Knight of the Order of the Thistle. In the grand world of exclusive clubs, this one is right up there. It is the highest honour in Scotland and second only to the Order of the Garter in the UK. Admission is granted only by the Queen for men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a significant way to national life.
William is only the fourth member of the Royal Family in the club that is presided over by the Queen, joining Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Philip. Charles was missing from the ceremony in Edinburgh, who was indulging one of his biggest passions -- saving the environment -- by meeting with a climate-change scientist at Highgrove.
In Edinburgh, the long green velvet robes and feathered black velvet hats were on display, but didn't stand much of a chance against the yellow coat dress worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Thousands lined the streets around St. Giles' Cathedral for a glimpse of the royals, in particular Kate, who chose an $1,800 Emilia Wickstead-designed dress topped by a hat from milliner Whiteley.
Being in Scotland, where William and Kate are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, Kate was also smart to be carrying a Strathearn scarf. Completing her look were a pair of Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings ($775).
The Order was established by King James II in 1687 and currently has just a few dozen members. The last royal to be included was Princess Anne in 2001.
The short ceremony at the cathedral included an oath by William: "I shall maintain the honour and dignity of the most ancient and most noble Order of the Thistle to the best power if God let.
"I shall never bear treason about in my heart against our Sovereign Lady the Queen, but shall discover the same to her. So defend me God."
After the ceremony, there was a procession down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament building with 400 pipers, drummers and dancers.
Thousands turned out to see some royal business in Edinburgh and take a close look at William and Kate during the Thistle Service. (Getty/Reuters)