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Prince George doctor honoured by the Queen

Marcus Setchell (centre) leaves St Mary's Hospital following the safe arrival of Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The consultant obstetrician 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.

Sir Marcus Setchell, who was the Queen's gynaecologist for two decades, could not contain his delight after Prince George was born on July 22 at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London.

Setchell, who delayed his retirement after being asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to oversee the birth of the third in line to the throne, becomes Sir Marcus as he is made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) - an honour in the personal gift of the Queen.

Sir Marcus Setchell oversaw the safe delivery of Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The 70-year-old looked after Kate when she was taken to hospital with severe morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy, and previously helped save the life of the Countess of Wessex in 2003 when she was eight months pregnant with her elder child Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor.

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

They recognise service to the royal family.

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