The King's first Garter Day as Sovereign of ‘The Order of the Garter’
Published 19 June 2023
The King and Queen and members of the Royal Family have gathered at Windsor Castle to celebrate the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry, during a colourful event full of history and pageantry.
The King, The Queen and members of the Royal Family are today attending a Garter Day service and ceremony at Windsor Castle. This year's event is the first time The King has taken part as Sovereign of ‘The Order of the Garter’.
The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago. Edward III was so inspired by tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of honourable knights.
The annual Garter Day procession, where The King and the Knights process in grand velvet robes, glistening insignia and plumed hats, is one of the most traditional ceremonies in the Royal calendar.
New appointments to "The Garter" were invested in the Garter Throne Room, including the Baroness Ashton of Upholland GCMG as a Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and the Lord Patten of Barnes CH as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
Last year, The Queen, as The Duchess of Cornwall, was installed as a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter, having been appointed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2021.
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