Busy Summer in the UK

Garter procession (Photo: Philip Allfrey)

Today was Garter Day at Windsor Castle. It is on this day that new members of the Order of the Garter are installed and a service is held at St. Georges Chapel. All members process on foot to the chapel in their velvet robes. The order is unique among other orders of chivalry because the members are selected by Her Majesty without input from the government. Other than royal members, the order tends to include retired military officers, those who have served in senior civil positions and other extraordinary people.

The Garter ceremony is just one of a host of ceremonies going on this summer over in the UK and France. In the last two weeks there has been the State Opening of Parliament, Official State Visit to France, the D-Day Commemorations, Trooping the Colour and the Garter ceremony. While not an official event, Royal Ascot starts tomorrow.

It seems the last big event in the UK for the summer will be the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Look out for that in July.