Today, June 17, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Order Of The Garter Service At Windsor Castle.
The Order of The Garter Service is one of the most traditional ceremonies in the Queen’s calendar. Every June, a grand procession of the knights takes place at Windsor Castle, accompanied by a marching band and Officers of the Order, all in grand ceremonial dress.
The day begins with The Queen formally investing any new Companions with the Order’s insignia in the Throne Room of the Castle. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertain the members and officers at a lunch, and then all process on foot to a service in St. George’s Chapel. There is a short service where any new Companions are installed. The Sovereign and other members of the Order then return to the Upper Ward of the castle in carriages and cars.
Today, the Order includes the Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, several senior Members of the Royal Family, and twenty-four knights chosen in recognition of their work. Knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally.
The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Countess of Wessex were joined by The Queen of Spain and The Queen of the Netherlands for today’s service and procession.
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