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Queen honours eye surgeon after cataract surgery

The monarch’s Surgeon-Oculist has been recognised for services to the royal family.

The Queen has honoured her eye surgeon – a month after undergoing cataract surgery.

Jonathan Jagger, Surgeon-Oculist to the Queen, was made a CVO – a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order – an award in the Queen’s personal gift.

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The Queen at a palace garden party (Yui Mok/PA)

Mr Jagger specialises in cataract surgery and adult ophthalmology.

The Queen had successful eye surgery to remove a cataract from one of her eyes in May.

It is not known whether it was Mr Jagger who carried out the procedure.

The Royal Victorian Order awards are in the Queen’s gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the royal family in a personal way.

The Queen has been seen wearing sunglasses at a number of events in recent weeks including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Buckingham Palace garden parties.

The Queen has also recognised her senior surgeon – two months after her husband the Duke of Edinburgh underwent a successful hip replacement operation.

Satyajit Bhattacharya, Serjeant-Surgeon to the Royal Household, has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).

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The Duke of Edinburgh arrives, walking without a stick, at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19 (Chris Radburn/PA)

Philip, who is 97 on Sunday, has recovered since having the procedure in April, and was well enough to walk unaided at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding last month.

The post of Serjeant-Surgeon dates back to the 13th century when the holder of the position accompanied the king into battle.

In modern times, it changed to the role of senior surgeon to the monarch.

The Queen has also honoured Windsor Castle’s carpet planner Gary Ganley, making him a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

Windsor was the setting for Harry and Meghan’s star-studded nuptials.

Horticulturalist at Windsor’s Crown Estate Stephen Meen receives a Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) as does Allen Shuttlewood – team leader of the Crown Estate at Windsor.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ride in a carriage along the Long Walk to Windsor after their wedding (Victoria Jones/PA)

The Windsor estate covers approximately 6,400 hectares and includes Windsor Great Park and the Home Park of Windsor Castle.

Newlywed Harry and Meghan took a carriage ride down the Long Walk through the immaculate Windsor Great Park on their wedding day.

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Crowds gathered down the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on the day of the royal wedding (Rick Findler/PA)

Michelle Maynard, groom for the Duke of Edinburgh’s driving team, has also been given a Royal Victorian Medal (Silver).

Timothy Hitchens, who was chief executive of the Commonwealth Summit Unit at the Foreign Office, has been made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).

The unit coordinated London’s hosting of the successful, high-profile Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting for world leaders in April, when the Queen backed son and heir the Prince of Wales to take on the head of the Commonwealth role when he becomes king.

Laura Baker, the Duke of Cambridge’s assistant private secretary, is made an MVO, as is the man who was tasked with care and security of the Crown Jewels – Martin Swift, the former Crown Jeweller.

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