Garter Day is a centuries old tradition, that has returned to Windsor Castle for the first time in three years, today, Monday June 13.
The order is the senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry, and it was founded by Edward III in 1348. The order was established at the time to commemorate an incident in which Edward was dancing, when one of his partner’s blue garters dropped to the floor.
Garter Day consists of the annual Order of the Garter ceremony, where the Queen and Knights process in grand velvet robes, with glistening insignia and plumed hats, as well as gold and jewels.
The day sees Queen Elizabeth II lead a procession at Windsor Castle ahead of her Knights.
The grand procession of the knights takes place at Windsor Castle, and is accompanied by a marching band and Officers of the Order, all kitted out in grand ceremonial dress.
The service has been honoured every year for 70 years, since.
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