The members of the British Royal family who are part of the Order of the Garter participated this Monday, June 13, in the annual service organized in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. But what should we remember about this ceremony?
One week after the celebrations of the platinum jubilee of Elizabeth II, the British royal family was out for the annual service of the Order of the Garter. In front of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the future heirs to the throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, paraded in front of the cameras. In a sublime sky blue dress matching her hat, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen with the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, wearing a pretty pink dress. As always smiling, the two women then joined their husbands, knights of the Order.
For the future queen consort, Camilla Parker-Bowles, this ceremony was her first as a lady companion of the Garter, which has only 24 members. Both wearing long blue coats and ostrich feather headdresses, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were visibly moved to participate in this event together.
The surprising appearance of the Queen, the banishment of Prince Andrew
Physically weakened for several months, Elizabeth II was also present at the ceremony. If she does not appear on the photographs taken at the arrival of her heirs in front of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, the 96-year-old monarch posed with her eldest son, Prince Charles, and her daughter-in-law, Camilla Parker-Bowles in the castle grounds. The picture, reassuring despite the cane that keeps the queen standing, was published by a British journalist on Twitter on Monday, June 13.
Finally, Prince Andrew was the great absentee of this ceremony. If he returned to the forefront in March 2022, much to the displeasure of Princes Charles and William, for the mass given in honor of Prince Philip, the youngest of Elizabeth II was this time forced to appear at this annual service. In disgrace because of his alleged involvement in the Epstein affair and the accusations of sexual assault against him, the “favorite” of the Queen was simply forbidden by his older brother and nephew to appear publicly among the knights of the Order of the Garter. For the one who only dreams of resuming his official activities, it would seem that his hopes are contradicted by the sense of duty of the direct heirs to the Crown.
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