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Buckingham Palace today confirmed that a service will be held on Monday to mark Garter Day, the first since 2019.
A recently released statement from Buckingham Palace read: “A service for the Most Noble Order of the Garter will be held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Monday 13 June 2022.
Members of the Royal Family will walk in procession to the chapel and depart by carriage after the service for their return journey to the castle.
“During the service, the Duchess of Cornwall will be installed as Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter.
“A Lady Companion, the Baroness Amos, and a Knight Companion, Sir Anthony Blair, will also be installed.”
Prince Andrew has been tipped to attend Garter Day on Monday
Prince Andrew is a Knight of the Order of the Garter
The statement does not say whether Prince Andrew will be attending.
However, his presence has been widely reported by commentators in recent weeks.
Royal author Omid Scobie shared the Palace statement on Twitter and included the Duke of York among the Garter Day attendees, noting that he is still one of the Knights of the Order.
He wrote: “Monday June 13 is Garter Day at Windsor Castle (the first since 2019).
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Prince Andrew and Prince Charles on Garter Day in 2015
“Members of the Royal Family – including Prince Andrew, who is still a Knight of the Order of the Garter – will join the procession to a service at St George’s Chapel before returning to the castle in carriages.”
And a source close to Andrew told Newsweek: “TThe Duke still plans to attend Garter Day.”
This comes after the Duke was forced to withdraw from platinum anniversary celebrations after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Queen’s second son is now said to be fully healed, as he was seen riding in Windsor on Thursday.
Prince Andrew walked with the Queen through the nave of Westminster Abbey
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Prince Andrew last attended a public event in March when he went to Westminster Abbey for the Thanksgiving service for Prince Philip’s life.
Though his presence was expected as one of the Duke of Edinburgh’s children, the Duke partially overshadowed the poignant ceremony as he took on the prominent role of escorting the Queen from Windsor to London and alongside her through the abbey’s nave. walked.
The Duke stepped down from public duties in mid-November 2019, after his disastrous interview with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis focused entirely on his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In January, a day after New York judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected a request from the Duke’s lawyers to dismiss the August 2021 civil lawsuit filed against Andrew by Virginia Giuffre, he gave his military and royal protection to the Queen and Buckingham Palace announced he would continue to disregard royal duties.
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The Duke, who repeatedly and vehemently denied that anything was wrong, reached an amicable settlement with Mrs Giuffre a few weeks later – a move that did not consist in an admission of liability.
In its latest statement regarding Garter Day, Buckingham Palace also did not mention whether the Queen would be attending.
Andrew and the Sovereign are among the 10 royal Knights and Ladies of the Garter, titles conferred on Firm members directly by the monarch without government intervention.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is the last royal to be inducted into this Order, which was founded by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago.
Prince Andrew spoke to the press in April last year
This knighthood can count a total of 24 Ladies and Knights among its non-royal members, while the monarch can appoint an unlimited number of members of the Firm and foreign monarchs.
All of the Queen’s children are listed in this order, as are Prince William and three of the Queen’s closest cousins - Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Kent, and the Duke of Gloucester.
Garter Day normally takes place in several stages and begins at Windsor Castle with the official appointment of new members.
After lunch, the knights and ladies head to nearby St. George’s Chapel, dressed in traditional garter robes to attend the service, before traveling back to the castle by coach.