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The Queen and Members of the Royal Family attend the Order of the Garter

16th June 2014

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh process to St George's Chapel for the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony in Windsor

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh process to St George's Chapel for the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony in Windsor

The Queen and members of the Royal Family were in Windsor today for the Order of the Garter, which is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348.

The procession of Garter Knights began through the grounds of Windsor Castle to St George's Chapel.

The Duchess of Cambridge stood with the Countess of Wessex and they watched as the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex and other Garter Knights walked by wearing their blue velvet robes and black velvet hats with white plumes.

The patron saint of the Order is St George (patron saint of soldiers and also of England) and the spiritual home of the Order is St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Every knight is required to display a banner of his arms in the Chapel, together with a helmet, crest and sword and an enamelled stallplate.

 

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and the Prince of Wales during the annual procession for members of the Order of the Garter ahead of the service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and the Prince of Wales during the annual procession for members of the Order of the Garter ahead of the service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.