On Monday, June 13th the Wroxton Summer
students visited Windsor Castle for the most noble Order of the Garter and
afterwards were given a tour of St George’s Chapel, by their host, the Rt Hon
Lord Butler of Brockwell.
The Most Noble
Order of the Garter is the most senior and oldest British Order of
Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348.
It is awarded at the Sovereign's pleasure as a personal
gift on recipients from the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. Membership of the
Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 members, or
Companions. The order also includes supernumerary knights and ladies
(e.g. members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs).
New appointments to the Order of the Garter are always announced on St George's Day, 23rd April as the Order
is dedicated to the image and arms of Saint George, England's patron saint.
The order's emblem is a garter with the motto Honi soit
qui mal y pense (Middle French: "shame on him who thinks evil
of it"; sometimes said to be “honour be to he who honour thinks”). Members
of the order wear it on ceremonial occasions.
The Order of the Day
The Queen formally invested new Companions of the Order of
the Garter with the insignia at a Chapter of the Order in the Throne Room of
Windsor Castle on Garter Day. There were two new members Lord Shuttleworth and Sir David Brewerter.
Afterwards The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertained
the members and the officers of the Order at lunch in the Waterloo Chamber.
After lunch the Knights processed to a service in St
George’s Chapel. It’s normally quite a colourful procession but as it was
raining, the majority of people went by car. On reaching the Chapel there was a
Service of Thanksgiving, which was broadcast by loudspeaker to the Lower and
Upper Ward of the Castle Precincts where the students were situated.
On emerging from the Chapel, the Queen and the other members
of the Order returned in carriages and cars to the Upper Ward of the Castle and
the Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell conducted a tour of St George’s Chapel for