Royal tradition branded absurd as King Charles gives Queen Camilla top honour

King Charles has awarded his wife Queen Camilla the highest honour possible in New Zealand – and royal fans are raging.

As part of his birthday honours list, King Charles has made Camilla an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand.

This is the most important honour in the country and was also given to 179 other people, including other prominent figures.

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A spokesman said: “Queen Camilla's appointment to the Order of New Zealand was in keeping with tradition, as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh received similar honours while supporting previous monarchs.”

But royal fans have been left confused and annoyed by the decision as she hasn't stepped foot in the country since 2019.

In a Reddit thread dedicated to royal discussion, one wrote: “She’s done nothing for NZ.

“In my opinion, this just highlights the absurdity of some of the royal traditions.

“If visiting once per 5 years (or hell, even once per year!) is enough to make someone deserving of NZ’s highest honour, then they better warm up the printer because there will be a lot more honours to give out.”

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And a second commented: “They should be trying to visit all the realms and so hopefully they are, but if there's a major royal tour soon I think most people would pick William and Kate and be disappointed if it's Charles and Camilla.”

And a third added: “If they are getting too old to even visit the country they rule, perhaps they are not well suited to rule said country.

“Expecting the ruler of a country to spend time in said country frequently is a low, low bar.”

Despite the anger, many pointed out that the country "has been closed for most of the last three years because of the pandemic”.

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