The Queen and Members of the Royal Family were present today for Garter Day 2018, held at Windsor Castle.
In medieval times, King Edward III was so inspired by tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of honourable knights, called the Order of the Garter. The Most Noble Order of the Garter was founded in 1348. Nearly 700 years later, the Order is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain. The Knights include senior members of the Royal Family, and others, who are personally chosen by the Queen in recognition for their public service. There are four types of Knights:
Members ex officio (the British monarch and the Prince of Wales)
Royal Knights (members of the Royal Family)
Stranger Knights and Ladies (foreign Kings and Queens)
Knights and Ladies Companion (others, maximum amount is 24)
If there are vacancies in the Knights and Ladies Companion, new appointments are announced on St. George’s Day (23 April).
Every year in June, Garter Day is held. On this day, The Queen and the Knights process in grand velvet robes, insignia and plumed hats to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. On the morning of Garter Day, new Knights will by formally invested by The Queen formally with the Order’s insignia in the Throne Room of the Castle.
Royal Knights and Ladies include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of Cambridge. The Duchess of Cambridge probably won’t be invested in the Order until she becomes Queen. The Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra are also Knights.
On Sunday, the Duke participated in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury. The Duchess, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were there to cheer on him. It marked Princess Charlotte’s first appearance at polo. We have been seeing the Duchess at polo for many years now, including the years that she dated her prince. She has brought Prince George with her to see his father play in 2014 and 2015. We have not seen them at polo since, until today! It is great to see the Cambridge family attending polo again.
The Cambridge children had a lot of fun playing with their cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips. Their parents, Peter and Autumn Phillips joined the Duchess today. James and Laura Meade, close friends of the family, were also there with their children.
One of the most important annual events for the Royal Family is Trooping the Colour, which is taking place today! It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign and is held on a Saturday in June every year. The event starts with the Queen and members of the Royal Family travelling down the Mall in carriages. The Queen is in the last carriage to depart from Buckingham Palace. Her carriage is preceded by three other carriages. The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex usually sit in one carriage together (or at least, they have been together with the three of them for the past seven years). This year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seated with the Duke of Kent in the second carriage, while the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were in the first carriage to depart.
The Duke of Cambridge attended one of the annual Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace on 31 May. The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at the Palace each year. Princess Eugenie of York, the Duke and the Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra were in attendance. Many of the guests invited to a Royal Garden Party are recognized for their positive impact on society. For every Garden Party, around 8,000 guests are invited. The Parties date back to the 1860s. Every year, senior members of the Royal Family attend one or two Garden Parties.
The Duchess of Cambridge wrote a letter in support of the Children’s Hospice Week. The Duchess has been Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) since January 2012.
The letter was accompanied with a lovely new official photograph of the Duchess. She is wearing her blue Catherine Walker suit (first worn in October 2016 during a visit to the Netherlands). The photograph was taken by Chris Jackson in the summer of 2017. Earlier, we already saw a picture of prince George for his 4th birthday, and a family photograph for Christmas from this session.
The schedule for the Duke of Cambridge’s trip to Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was published by Kensington Palace on Friday.
Sunday 24th – Jordan: Visit Amman
Monday 25th – Jordan: Visit Amman and Jerash
Tuesday 26th – Israel & Palestine: Visit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
Wednesday 27th – Israel & Palestine: Visit Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Jerusalem
Thursday 28th – Israel & Palestine:Visit Jerusalem
Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge, prince George and princess Charlotte were spotted at the Houghton Hall Horse trials. Houghton Hall is close to the Cambridge’s country home, Amner Hall. The Duke and Duchess and their children have visited the event before (in 2016). An onlooker took a photograph of the Duchess and her children, eating ice cream. The Duchess wore the ZARA Flocked Print Dress (with thanks to UFO No More).
On May 15, the Duke of Cambridge joined the crew of DIYSOS in a project to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The team is building a new community centre. During the Grenfell Tower fire in June last year, the death toll was 71.
The next day, the Duke attended a meeting with representatives from the financial sector to agree to the formation of a Taskforce on Illegal Wildlife Trade (Royal Foundation and he attended a Reception at St James’s Palace for the Royal Foundation
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, prince George and princess Charlotte attended the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May. Prince George was a pageboy and princess Charlotte was a flower girl. The Duke of Cambridge served as best man for his brother.