London (dpa) – Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British royal family donned their finery on Monday for the annual Garter Day ceremony in the town of Windsor…

The celebrations included the investation of two new members – King Felipe VI of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands – to the 700-year-old Order of the Garter, described on its website as the “oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain.”

Both men posed for photos with the queen in her official outfit, which included a navy blue velvet cape, a hat with a sprawling feather and gold chains.

Spain’s Queen Letizia and the Netherlands’ Queen Maxima were both present at the ceremony, which took place at Windsor Castle.

Letizia wore a high-necked white dress with an abstract floral pattern, while Maxima opted for a pink dress with a V-neck.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II with King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia, right, in St George’s Hall, at Windsor Castle, England, Monday June 17, 2019, after the King was invested as a Knight of the Garter, ahead of the Order of the Garter service. The appointment of Knights of the Garter is the Queen’s gift and is made without consulting ministers. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

 

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife, Queen Maxima, right, in St George’s Hall, at Windsor Castle, England, Monday June 17, 2019, after the King was invested as a Knight of the Garter, ahead of the Order of the Garter service. The appointment of Knights of the Garter is the Queen’s gift and is made without consulting ministers. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Order of the Garter

Every year on Garter Day, the knights of the order take part in a procession from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel a few hundred metres away, where a service is held.

Founded in 1348 by King Edward III, the Order of the Garter was inspired by the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. According to legend, the order takes its name from a garter that a countess lost while dancing at a court ball. The king is said to have tied it around his leg.

Today, the order includes the queen, several senior members of the royal family and 24 knights, both male and female, chosen in recognition of their public service.

Household Cavalry guards march before the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Peter Nicholls/PA via AP)

 

 

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, left, and Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge laugh as they leave after the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Richard Pohle/Pool Photo via AP)

 

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Author: ANA Newswire