Best Photos of Kate Middleton, Prince William, and More British Royals at Garter Day 2022

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The Order of the Garter’s annual service returned today after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Established in 1348 by King Edward III, who was inspired by stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior order of chivalry in Britain—and membership in the Order is an extremely big deal.

The group includes Queen Elizabeth, who is Sovereign of the Garter, though she did not appear today publicly due to her ongoing mobility issues, and many members of the royal family—including Prince Charles and Prince William.

The grand return to the Order’s annual service, was slightly overshadowed by controversy surrounding whether or not Prince Andrew, a Knight of the Garter, would be appearing with the rest of the royal family, and protests at Windsor Castle today against former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s appointment to the order. Yet, the procession and service went on as normal.

Here are the best photos of Kate Middleton, Prince William, Princess Anne, and more royals at Garter Day 2022.

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Soldiers of the Irish Guards march past St George’s Chapel ahead of the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge was in attendance with Sophie, Countess of Wessex. The two royals arrived together.

Kate looked stunning in a bright blue monochrome outfit, from her hat to her accessories. She wore the Floral Leaf Teardrop hat from Juliette Millinery’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, walked in the procession together to St George’s Chapel. This is Camilla’s first year of her as a member of the Order of the Garter.

Camilla’s appointment is significant, as Knights and Ladies of the Garter are personally chosen by Queen Elizabeth herself.

Prince William was also in the procession.

All members wear elaborate outfits during ceremonial occasions, including a black velvet hat adorned with ostrich and white heron feathers.

As was Princess Anne, who looked badass, as always. Instead of becoming a Lady of the Garter, Anne chose to become a Knight of the Garter—to hold the same rank as her dela brothers—in 1994.

Valerie Amos, the Baroness Amos, was one appointed to the Order of the Garter this year, as was former Prime Minister Tony Blair (walking next to Amos). Amos is the first Black woman to be appointed as a Companion to the Garter.

Prince Charles and Camilla walked side-by-side in the procession.

A wider view of the procession at Windsor Castle, outside St George’s Chapel.

Sophie and Kate watched the procession together.

Prince William walked in the procession with his uncle, Prince Edward.

An overhead shot of the procession.

Baroness Valerie Amos smiled as she left St George’s Chapel.

The Cambridges leaving the service; Prince William clearly needed a brief break from the hat.

Outside the Chapel, Sophie and Kate laughed at something Prince William said.

Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence after the service.

The royal family left St George’s Chapel in horse-drawn carriages. Here, Kate and Prince William ride in one with Prince Charles and Camilla.

Kate and Camilla share a smile as they get into the carriage.

Father and son sat next to each other in the carriage.

The carriage carrying William, Kate, Charles, and Camilla passes by St George’s Chapel.

Anne looked at the photographer as she left St George’s Chapel.

The Wessexes waved at the crowds as they parted in another carriage.

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