GARTER DAY – WINDSOR CASTLE
MONDAY 18TH JUNE 2018
A service for the Most Noble Order of the Garter will be held in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Monday 18th June 2018. The installation of the new Garter Knights will take place during this service. Following the service, The Queen and Members of the Royal Family will depart by carriages for their return journey to the Castle.
Earlier in the day there will be a private Investiture in the Garter Throne Room in Windsor Castle where a Lady Companion, Dame Mary Fagan, and a Knight Companion, The Viscount Brookeborough, will be invested with the Order’s insignia by Her Majesty.
There are currently two vacancies within the Order, after taking into account the two appointments earlier in 2018. The most recent two vacancies have arisen due to the death of The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen (d. 29 October 2017) and Sir William Gladstone (d. 29 March 2018).
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. The Order includes The Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, several senior Members of the Royal Family, and twenty-four knights or ladies chosen in recognition of their work. 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.