Kate Middleton proudly watched Prince Prince William parade through the Windsor Castle walkway on Monday for a very royal occasion.
After beating the ceremony last year during maternity leave, Kate was already smiling while William wore the velvet robes and high ostrich plume in his hat for the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, one of the oldest and oldest rankings of The Order of the Knights in the UK The Royal Mother, 37, wore black and white for the occasion, and combined a “Liza” jacket by Catherine Walker with a Lock & Co hat.
The parade to the St. George’s Chapel – which recently organized the royal weddings of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank – followed lunch in the Waterloo Chamber of the Castle. The service was followed by carriage rides from the chapel and up the hill to the state houses.
Kate was standing on the Galilee porch of the chapel as the Knights’ parade passed.
A few words between Prince William and his father Prince Charles as they process into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. #royal #garterservice #princewilliam #dukeofcambridge pic.twitter.com/dfC6mBD8mb— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) June 17, 2019
William became a Knight in what is the highest knighthood in the UK in 2008. In 2015, Kate attended the ceremony three years before they got married.
Organized by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Order of the Garter Ceremony is one of the major highlights in the royal calendar. And this year saw two royal couples from Spain and the Netherlands join the occasion.
King Felipe of Spain and King Willem-Alexander were on Garter Day when the queen installed them as redundant, or “stranger”, knights of the garter during the service in the St. George’s Chapel.
Earlier in the day, during a private investment in the throne room of the garter, Windsor Castle, former athlete Lady Mary Peters and the Marquis of Salisbury were invested with the insignia of order by the queen.
Felipe, who was present with his wife Queen Letizia, was appointed during the Spanish state visit in July 2017 and King Willem-Alexander, whose wife Queen Maxima stood by his side, received his appointment during his state visit in October 2018.
King Willem-Alexander joins his mother and former princess, Princess Beatrix, who was appointed in 1989, while King Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, also became a “superfluous” member. King Harald V of Norway and Emperor Emeritus Akihito of Japan have also received the honor.
The Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III in 1348 and is the most prominent knighthood in the British honors system. The number of companions is limited to 24, although redundant members do not count towards this total.
The Order includes the Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, several senior members of the royal family, and 24 knights elected in recognition of their work. Knights of the Garter are personally chosen by the king to honor those who hold public office, have contributed to national life, or have personally served the king.