Queen Elizabeth II Knights Prince Harry in Royal Ceremony: Details

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry
Queen Elizabeth left Royal Albert Hall on June 4, 2015. Prince Harry is pictured on March 3, 2014. The Queen knighted Prince Harry this week.  Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images; Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

A royal affair! Queen Elizabeth II bestowed one major honor on her grandson Prince Harry on Thursday, June 4, when she knighted him in a private ceremony.

The British monarch, 89, appointed the title of Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order to Prince Harry, 30. Buckingham Palace announced the celebratory news in a statement on Thursday morning, writing, "The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointment to the Royal Victorian Order: To be a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO), HRH Prince Henry of Wales."

Insiders tell Us Weekly that the special moment took place in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The KCVO is a particularly high honor for the redheaded royal, as it's the unique knighthood awarded by the Queen herself, as opposed to those decided by ministerial recommendation.

The knighthood acknowledges Prince Harry's service to both the Queen personally and the greater United Kingdom. 

Prince William's younger brother has been celebrated for his committed military career, which is coming to a close this month. During his time with the armed forces, Harry has done two tours in Afghanistan and quickly rose in the military ranks.

The uncle to Prince George and Princess Charlotte spoke recently about shifting his focus to his personal life, prioritizing his desire to start a family. 

"I would love to have kids right now," he told Sky News last month. "There come times when you think now is the time to settle down, or now is not, whatever way it is, but I don't think you can force these things. It will happen when it's going to happen."

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