Prince Andrew secretly attended part of Garter Day despite being banned from procession

Prince Andrew secretly attended part of Garter Day despite being banned from procession

Prince Andrew may have not taken part in the Garter Day procession but he did attend two events during the day.

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew did attend part of Garter Day after all (Image: Getty)

Prince Andrew did attend Monday’s Order of the Garter Day service and lunch despite being absent from the procession at Windsor Castle.

While it was decided that the Duke of York be kept away from the public eye to avoid a backlash, he did attend the private events of the day as Knight of the Order.

Andrew has been a Garter Knight since 2006 but he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family after he stepped down from public life following the furore over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

According to Buckingham Palace, the royal was at the investiture held by the King and named the Chapter of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in the Throne Room of Windsor Castle.

He was joined by Queen Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and The Duke of Kent as well as Lord Lloyd-Webber, Lord Kakkar and Air Chief Marshal Lord Peach and other Knights.

King Charles at The Order Of The Garter Service At Windsor Castle

King Charles led the Royal Family in Windsor yesterday (Image: Getty)
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During the investiture, the King invested the Duchess of Gloucester with the insignia of a Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and Lord Lloyd-Webber, Lord Kakkar and Air Chief Marshal Lord Peach with the insignia of a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

The Palace announced that the monarch later gave a luncheon party for the companions of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, “at which The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and The Duke of Kent were present.”

Earlier, hundreds of spectators lined the procession route with many taking hampers and camping chairs to add a summer picnic feel to the occasion.

Charles and Camilla donned their robes and white plumed hats as they headed to St George’s Chapel along with other Ladies and Knights of the Garter.

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After the service, the royals took part in a traditional carriage procession back up the hill to the castle.

The carriages travelled quickly and first Charles and Camilla left by coach followed by Edward, Sophie and William together, and then Anne and her husband Sir Tim.

The Order of the Garter is the country’s oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry.

It was founded in 1348 by Edward III and is awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievements.

 

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