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Knighthood for royal doctor who delivered Prince George

Marcus Setchell
Image caption Sir Marcus was promoted from Commander to Knight Commander in the New Year Honours list

The Queen's physician who led the team that delivered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby has been made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

The award recognises Sir Marcus Setchell's services to the Royal Household over more than two decades.

As well as attending to Kate's extreme morning sickness in early 2013, he assisted with the Duchess of Cornwall's hysterectomy in 2007.

And he helped save the Countess of Wessex and her eldest child.

In 2003, Prince Edward's wife Sophie was rushed to hospital after complaining of severe internal pains when she was eight months pregnant.

She was dangerously ill from blood loss and needed an emergency Caesarean.

Sir Marcus, now 70, is due to retire.

The consultant obstetrician had been awarded Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2005.

Awards made under the Royal Victorian Order are in the Queen's personal gift and are bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street.

Caroline Cassels, matron of King Edward VII's Hospital, which has provided medical treatment for royals for decades, has been made a Lieutenant of the RVO.

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