Order of the Thistle

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Order of the Thistle

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(Heraldry) an ancient Scottish order of knighthood revived by James VII of Scotland in 1687. It consists of the sovereign, 16 knights brethren, and extra members created by statute. It is the equivalent of the Order of the Garter, and is usually conferred on Scots. Also called: the Thistle
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THE Duke of Cambridge has been given the highest honour in Scotland after being installed as a Knight of the Thistle at a service in Edinburgh.
The Queen has attended a service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh to install Prince William as a Knight of the Thistle.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn north of the border and were in Edinburgh as Wills was made a Knight of the Thistle by his grandmother.

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