A Knight to Remember….

  June 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm by

If there was ever a day, other than the state opening of parliament, where the British Monarchy shows off that tried and tested pomp and circumstance, it would be Garter Day.

Due to wet weather unfortunately we didn’t get to see the beautiful procession of carriages and royals arrived in cars instead. Despite the damp weather, hundreds of well-wishers turned out to watch the royal event.

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. 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 Queen and Prince Charles, as sovereign and heir, are automatically given membership of the Order and are considered ‘ex officio knights’ with the power to admit new members.

This year, the two new knights were admitted during the service – former Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, and Charles Kay-Shuttleworth, chairman of the Association of Lord Lieutenants and the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex accompanied their husbands to this beautiful day. Catherine recycled a striking rived red Catherine Walker coat with a stunning Lock&Co hat, whilst Camilla stayed classic with Anna Valentine and Philip Treacy. Sophie chose Alexander McQueen and a beautiful Jane Taylor hat.

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