Video: what is the royal order of the garter ceremony? The Queen dresses in full regalia for the occasion

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Video: what is the royal order of the garter ceremony?

The Queen dresses in full regalia for the occasion

Every June, the Queen takes part in Garter Day at Windsor Castle. The annual event celebrates the Order of the Garter – the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, which dates back to 1348. Dressed in full regalia, the Queen and her knights wear grand blue velvet robes, glistening insignia and plumed hats. There can only be 24 knights at any one time, plus Her Majesty and her eldest son, Prince Charles. Prince William joined the order in 2008, supported by his then-girlfriend Kate at the ceremony. St George’s Chapel has remained the Order’s spiritual home since the Middle Ages, hence why the service takes place there every year. Watch the video below to find out more…

Published on 17 Jun 2014

Members of the Royal Family gather at Windsor Castle for a service to celebrate the Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior order of chivalry.

Queen Elizabeth II will not be carrying out the annual service for the Order of the Garter this year Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Elizabeth II will not be carrying out the annual service for the Order of the Garter this year Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) walks in procession with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) during the annual parade for members of the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, west of London on June 17, 2013. The Queen was joined by members of the royal family for the annual Order of the Garter service. The Order of the Garter is the pinnacle of the UK honours system with appointments of Knights of the Garter a perogative of the Queen, and a gift that is made without consulting ministers. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince William are both knights of the order. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MURRAY SANDERS (Photo credit should read MURRAY SANDERS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) walks in procession with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) during the annual parade for members of the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, west of London on June 17, 2013. The Queen was joined by members of the royal family for the annual Order of the Garter service. The Order of the Garter is the pinnacle of the UK honours system with appointments of Knights of the Garter a perogative of the Queen, and a gift that is made without consulting ministers. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince William are both knights of the order. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MURRAY SANDERS (Photo credit should read MURRAY SANDERS/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II will not be carrying out the annual service for the Order of the Garter this year Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES