ORDER OF THE GARTER SERVICE (2011), ST. GEORGE’S CHAPEL, WINDSOR CASTLE

The Annual ORDER OF THE GARTER SERVICE (2011) at ST. GEORGE’S CHAPEL, WINDSOR

It’s been a very busy few days for the British Royal Family.  Following on the heels of the Trooping the Color at Horse Guards Parade, then a Service of Thanksgiving for Prince Philip’s 90th Birthday at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, the Royal Family was again at Windsor, this time to attend the annual service at St. George’s Chapel for the Order of the Garter.

The Order of the Garter is England’s highest and most prestigious order of chivalry.  Founded in 1348 by King Edward III, and dedicated to England’s patron saint, St. George, the Order of the Garter’s membership is strictly limited to the reigning Sovereign, the Prince of Wales and no more than twenty-four companions and a number of supernumeray knights and ladies.

Numerous members of the Royal Family were in attendance.  The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with other Garter members, were resplendent in their Garter Robes.  Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge was seen blushing as he passed his new wife, Catherine, who looked elegant in a dove-grey suit and matching hat.

The Order of the Garter (founded in 1348)

Charles, William & Andrew Depart St. George's Chapel (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Edward, the Earl of Wessex & Anne, the Princess Royal (WPA Pool, Getty Images)

Edward, Charles, William, Sophie, Camilla, Catherine (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cornwall & the Duchess of Cambridge (Daily Mirror)

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (Getty Images)

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