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The Queen Invests King Felipe and King Willem-Alexander at Order of the Garter 2019

The Order of the Garter takes place at Windsor Castle, and members of the royal family are dressed to perfection for the prestigious occasion.

According to the official website of the royal family, the Order of the Garter takes place annually, honoring “Knights, now both male and female”, “selected from different backgrounds, in recognition of their public service.”

As reported by ITV News, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and King Felipe VI of Spain are invested as surplus, or Stranger Knights of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth during this year’s ceremony. Both kings posed with the queen and their wives to mark the special occasion:

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According to ITV News, both kings received their appointments during previous visits to the United Kingdom – Felipe in July 2017, and Willem-Alexander in October 2018 – but the Order of the Garter ceremony sees them officially installed.

Queen Elizabeth organized a lunch for the recipients and their guests, followed by a procession on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which led to the official service in the St. George’s Chapel:

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