Queen appears in traditional velvet robe and plumed hat to celebrate Garter Day

Manuela Cardiga
Jun 19, 2018
08:48 P.M.

The Queen cuts a majestic figure at a centuries-old ceremony


Queen Elizabeth II stepped out on the 18th of June 2018 to lead one of the oldest ceremonies celebrating the Order of the Garter, and the moment was captured on camera and posted on Youtube.

The Order of the Garter is the senior Order of Chivalry in Britain and was established by King Edward III in 1348. Legend has it that the King was dancing with the Countess of Salisbury at a ball in Calais when the lady's garter slipped from her leg.

The King picked up the garter and exclaimed to the watching court in Middle French: "Honi soit qui mal y pense !" which means, "Shame on him who thinks ill of it!"

This incident inspired him to create the Order of the Garter, and to this day, "Shame on him who thinks ill of it!" is the Order's motto.In time-honored tradition, the Queen wore the Garter mantle which is made of a dark navy blue velvet, a robe worn by members since the 15th century.


Over the cape, the Queen wore a red velvet sash, and under it, she donned a white, floor-length satin gown, and on her head, she wore a velvet cap with white ostrich feathers.

She was joined by her sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter Ceremony.

The Order consists of only 24 members at any one time, so investitures are rare and attributed for great service to the Crown.


The newest members of the Order of the Garter are Lady Mary Fagan and Alan Brooke, 3rd Viscount Brookeborough.

Lady Mary Fagan is a devoted supporter of several charities and is the chair of the trustees of the Countess Of Brecknock Hospice Trust. She is also a trustee of the Overlord Embroidery Trust, The Edwina Mountbatten And Leonora Children's Foundation and Winchester Cathedral Trust.

Lord Brookeborough has represented The Queen as Her Majesty's Lord-in-Waiting during the visit to the United Kingdom of the U.S. President, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Queen led the ceremony, and in the presence of the 22 members of the Order of the Garter, invested Lady Mary Fagan and Alan Brooke, 3rd Viscount Brookeborough.

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