The Knights of the Garter, the most senior and oldest British order of Chivalry, has its colourful and historical base at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
For centuries, members of the Royal Family have been baptised, married and buried in St George’s Chapel, including Henry VIII and the Queen Mother.
Founded by Edward III during the Middle Ages, there are 26 Knights of the Garter (including the Monarch and the Prince of Wales), chosen by the Queen for service to the country and the Sovereign.
The most decorated and colourful part of the Chapel is the Quire with wooden carvings and the banners and crests belonging to the Knights of the Garter.
Some 800 stall plates adorn the stalls of the Quire, with the earliest, that of Ralph, Lord Basset of Drayton dating from c.1390.
The Garter Service takes place at St George’s Chapel each June.
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