Order of the Garter (Biographical details)

Order of the Garter (1348)

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Order of the Garter


The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348. The Order consists of the King and twenty-five knights and honours those who have held public office, contributed in a particular way to national life or those who have served the Sovereign personally. The patron Saint of the order is St. George and the spiritual home of the order is St. George's chapel, Windsor. The insignia of the Order has developed over the centuries, starting with a garter and badge depicting St George and the Dragon. A collar was added in the sixteenth century, and the star and broad riband in the seventeenth century.