The Order of Garter service is held each year on either the 1st or 2nd Monday for Trooping the Colours. The service is attended by all the British members of the order (if they are able) and their spouses. We only see extended family when a person is being invested.
Foreign Monarchs usually only attend when they are invested and on extra special years, like the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
- Invest new members in the Throne room at Windsor Castle
- Lunch at Windsor Castle
- Walk to St. George's Chapel (3 PM)
- Queen arrives by Car
- Service at St. George's Chapel
- Carriage & Car Procession back to Windsor Castle
Current Knights and Ladies of the Garter
The Order of Garter tends to only be given to royals born into the Royal Family, and the spouse of the Monarch.
British Royals are usually appointed on St. George's Day (usually April 23rd), but are not officially invested until the Order of Garter Service.
|Royal||Year appointed||Year Invested||Age at Investment||Number|
|1947||1948 (600th Anniv of Garter)||22||L 5|
|Prince Philip||1947 (Day before wedding)||27||902|
|Prince Charles||1958 (Year he was made Prince of Wales)||1968||19||920|
|Duke of Kent||1986 (50th birthday)||1987?||50||966|
|Princess Anne||1994||1994?||43||L 9|
|Duke of Gloucester||1996||1997||53||884|
|Princess Alexandra||2003||2003||66||L 10|
|Prince William||2008 (1000th Knight)||2008||25||1000|
Only Foreign Monarchs are made Stranger Knights and Ladies Companion of the Order of Garter. (Mostly it is just given to European Monarchs.)
Monarchs are usually appointed to the order during a State Visit, but not officially invested until they attend an Order of Garter Service.
|Royal||Country||Year Appointed||Year Invested||Number|
|Queen Margrethe||Denmark||1979||1980||L 7|
|King Carl Gustaf||Sweden||1983||1985||963|
|King Juan Carlos||Spain||1988||1989||970|
|Emperor Emeritus Akihito
The 24 members of the Order are all British Citizens, who receive the honor in recognition of their public service. They are usually appointed to the order on St. George's Day (usually April 23rd), but are not officially invested until the Order of Garter Service.
|1||Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover||1992||976|
|3||Sir Timothy Colman||1996||983|
|4||The Duke of Abercorn||1999||986|
|5||Field Marshal Lord Inge||2001||988|
|6||Sir Antony Acland||2001||989|
|7||Lord Butler of Brockwell||2003||992|
|8||Lord Morris of Aberavon||2003||993|
|9||Sir John Major||2005||996|
|11||Sir Thomas Dunne||2008||1001|
|12||Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers||2011||1002|
|16||Baron King of Lothbury||2014||1006|
|18||Sir David Brewer||2016||1008|
(Queen's 100th Investment)
|20||Lady Mary Fagan||2018||1011|
|21||Marquess of Salisbury||2019||1013|
|22||Lady Mary Peters||2019||1014|