The Order of the Garter, Windsor Castle

Filmed during the Queens Jubilee Year, June 2002

During the Queens Jubilee Year in June 2002 the crowned heads of Europe gathered at Windsor Castle for the grand spectacle of the Garter Ceremony and a dinner in the Waterloo Chambers to celebrate the Golden Jubilee.  King Juan Carlos of Spain, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg all Knights or Ladies of the Garter all took part in the annual procession down the hill to St George's Chapel. They were joined by the Royal Family which included the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Royal and at the Galilee Porch of the chapel waiting for the procession to arrive were Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Prince Henrik of Denmark, Queen Sophia of Spain, Queen Sonja of Norway and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

                                                             


                                                                                                           

 THE PROCESSION                                                   

The Order of the Garter procession was originally filmed by Ian G Brennan at Windsor Castle in 2002;  The video shows the procession led by the Governor of Windsor Castle, Sir Richard Johns, who can be seen wearing the blue full dress uniform of an Air Chief Marshal with the red riband of the Order of the Bath.

The Governor is closely followed by the Military Knights wearing their red uniforms.

The officers of Arms who are the purseuivants and heralds then follow wearing their black knee-breaches and colourful tabards bearing the Royal Arms, their role on the day being to marshal the procession. 

The most newly created Knights of the Garter walk down at the front with the more senior Knights at the end, these Knights wear the dark blue velvet robes adorned with the cross of St George, surrounded by the Garter motto: "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" on the left breast . These robes of blue velvet mantle and red velvet hood worn on the right shoulder, black velvet hat and white Ostrich plumes. These robes are also open on the right side to give freedom to the sword-bearing right arm. 

 

Sir Antony Acland   - The Lord Inge
Sir William Gladstone  - The Duke of Abercorn
Sir Timothy Colman  - Sir Edmund Hillary
The Baroness Thatcher  - The Lord Ashburton 
The Lord Kingsdown   - Sir Ninian Stephen
The Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover    - The Viscount Ridley
The Lord Bramal  -
The Duke of Wellington   - The Lord Richardson of Duntisbourne

 

                                                                                              

The Knights are then followed by the members of the both British and European Royal Families ;-.  

 

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS    -   HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF SPAIN
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF DENMARK    - HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS GRAND DUKE JEAN OF LUXEMBURG 
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT    -  HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER
HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF NORWAY    - HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES 
   - HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ROYAL

 

                                                    

Following behind are the officers of the Order wearing their scarlet and blue robes these includes the Secretary of the Garter, who is responsible for the organisation of all the various aspects of the ceremony, the Register who is the Dean of Windsor, Garter King of Arms, the Chancellor, Lord Carrington who is a Knight of the Garter himself and the Prelate, the Bishop of Winchester, who reads the lesson and gives the blessing during the service in St George's Chapel.

This group of distinguished people are then followed in the procession by;- 

 

             THE SOVEREIGN; HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II                         -                     HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

 

HM The Queen's train is carried by two pages who in turn are flanked by the Field officer in Brigade Waiting and Silver Stick in Waiting, followed by The Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant along with The Lieutenant.

The procession down to St George's Chapel finishes with a detachment of the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard, walking in fours wearing their fine Tudor uniforms and The Exon, Major Tom Wills. 

                                                                                     

Copyright 2007 Ian G Brennan, all rights reserved.

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