Sunday, 16 June 2019

Order of Garter

Arms of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.svg
Order of Garter Badge

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The Order of Garter is the UK's highest honors and is personally given by the King. The order is limited to 24 members, plus the Monarch, members of the British Royal Family and Foreign Monarchs.

The Order of Garter service is held each year on either the 1st or 2nd Monday after 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.

New Members are usually announced on St. George's Day (usually April 25th). Members are then invested twice by the Monarch. Once in a private audience and again in during the Chapter Meeting before the Order of Garter Service. 

Foreign Monarchs usually only attend when they are invested and on extra special years, like the Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee.

  • Chapter Meeting/Invest new members in the Throne room at Windsor Castle
  • Lunch at Windsor Castle
  • Walk to St. George's Chapel (3 PM)
  • Service at St. George's Chapel 
  • Carriage & Car Procession back to Windsor Castle 

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