Cape Town - British and European royalty attended the Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle on Monday.
According to the royal website the order was instituted by King Edward III who was inspired by the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group, called the Order of the Garter.
The Order is granted to both male and female and use to be limited to aristocracy, but now they are chosen from different backgrounds, in recognition for their public service.
St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle is the spiritual home of the order where the knights have their own stall.
St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is the spiritual home of the Order. Knights have their own stall, with the bearer’s banner, crest, helmet & sword displayed above, reminiscent of the Order’s chivalric origins. These items are removed upon death, but the stall plate remains. pic.twitter.com/FUVQSFCItW— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 17, 2019
The Order includes Queen Elizabeth II and other several members of the royal family including the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.
Today, the Order includes the Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, several senior Members of the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, to make up twenty-five knights chosen in recognition of their work. #GarterDay pic.twitter.com/g7O6FkWFCY— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 17, 2019
The King and Queen of Spain attended this year's ceremony. King Felipe VI of Spain has been invested as Supernumerary, or 'Stranger' Knights of the Garter.
Today, The King and The Queen of Spain are also attending this year’s Garter Day.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 17, 2019
The King has been invested in St. George’s Hall as Supernumerary, or ‘Stranger’, Knights of the Garter.
The Queen is pictured with King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia. @CasaReal pic.twitter.com/c0iLFxazoc
Also in attendance was the King and Queen of the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander was invested as a Supernumerary Knight of the Garter.
Her Majesty The Queen is pictured with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife, Queen Maxima, in St George's Hall after The King was invested as a Supernumerary Knight of the Garter, ahead of the Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel. @koninklijkhuis pic.twitter.com/p2lLClo3F1— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 17, 2019
Other royals in attendance were the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of the Countess of Wessex.
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The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of York & Earl of Wessex are all Knights of the Garter. The Princess Royal is a Lady Companion. Their Royal Highnesses all attended #GarterDay pic.twitter.com/mxpvPFElct— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 17, 2019
New appointments to "The Garter" were invested in the Garter Throne Room and include a Lady Companion, athlete Lady Mary Peters, and a Knight Companion, the Marquess of Salisbury, a former Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.#garterday pic.twitter.com/9s7p4VlcfD— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 17, 2019