The pageantry and pomp of Garter Day returned to Windsor Castle this afternoon, and we saw lots of royal jewels on display—including pieces worn by the newest royal lady of the Order of the Garter!
After two years off during the pandemic, the annual service of the Order of the Garter was again held today at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Queen was not present for the service or the procession, though she did attend the private lunch and investiture ceremony held inside the castle.
One of the new members of the order who was invested on Monday was the Duchess of Cornwall.
The investiture is private, but a photograph was released showing the Queen with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during the ceremony. The Queen wore pearls and one of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Bow Brooches for the event.
Camilla wore favorite pieces of jewelry with her new robes and insignia for her Garter debut: her diamond floral and pearl drop earrings and her pearl choker necklace with the round diamond clasp.
The Cambridges were present for the Garter Day festivities as well.
The Duke of Cambridge joined the procession in his robes, looking slightly bemused, as he usually does during this event.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore shades of blue for the occasion.
She also wore pieces from her collection of jewelry set with blue gemstones. The earrings and coordinating necklace, set with diamonds and tanzanite, come from Collins & Sons.
She also wore her usual trio of rings, including her famous diamond and sapphire engagement ring.
The Princess Royal was present for the ceremony, as was her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.
Princess Anne wore classic diamond and pearl earrings, plus her pearl choker necklace with the diamond floral clasp.
Next up: here are the Earl and Countess of Wessex on the steps of St. George’s Chapel at the conclusion of this year’s service.
Prince Edward walked in the procession alongside his nephew, Prince William.
And Sophie, wearing pink with neutral accessories, stood with Kate as they watched the procession.
Sophie chose her pavé-set diamond earrings and her diamond rose brooch for the occasion.
Here’s the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, attending the service. Two more cousins, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, were also present for the service, but because of their own age-related mobility issues, they did not participate in the procession.
You’ll spot the Duchess of Gloucester standing behind Prince Edward here. She wore pearl earrings and a pearl necklace, plus diamond dress clips that belonged to her mother-in-law, Princess Alice.
Two more new members of the Order of the Garter were also installed on Monday: Baroness Amos, a seasoned diplomat who is also a former leader of the House of Lords, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. I very much like the pearl earrings and gold bracelet worn by Baroness Amos for the service.