Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Letizia of Spain in Chic Monochrome for the Order of Garter Service


Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
The Royal Family Twitter

Today, the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Letizia of Spain were together at the same place in the public eye for a royal engagement. Both joined Queen Elizabeth, King Felipe, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima for the Order of Garter Service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The day was a real royal knock out today with the presence of 3 Queens, 2 Kings, 1 heir and many Dukes and Duchesses along with other royals.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
Kensington Royal Twitter

It was a day full of royal pomp and pageantry with the presence of three royal families – British, Spanish and Dutch.  It was the second time when both Duchess Catherine and Queen Letizia were present at the event together, before this both of them attended the State Banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth in July 2017 during the Spain State Visit to the UK.

Queen Letizia Chose Red Felipe Varela for her First English State Banquet
The Royal family

During the 2017 state visit, Queen Elizabeth appointed King Felipe of Spain a Supernumerary Knight of the noblest Order of the Garter, the highest distinction granted by the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth conferred the same honour on King Willem-Alexander of Netherlands during Dutch State visit to the UK in 2018. Hence the presence of Queen Letizia and Queen Maxima at British Royal Event where both Kings will be invested.

CasaReal

Both Felipe and Letizia spend the Sunday night at Windsor Castle.

Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Letizia at Order of the Garter Service
Royal.uk

From the royal website: The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most chivalrous order in the United Kingdom with mottoHoni soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks this evil)’. In medieval times, King Edward III was so inspired by tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of honourable knights, called the Order of the Garter in 1348 to recognize courage and loyalty.

Garter Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
British Monarchy Flickr

Nearly 700 years later, the Order is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain. The English Garter and the Spanish Golden Fleece are the two most important and appreciated knightly decorations in European history. The Order includes the Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, several Members of the Royal Family, and twenty-four knights or ladies elected in recognition of their work.

The Duke of Cambridge (centre) and the Duke of York (centre right) attend the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
British Monarchy Flickr

The Knights, now both male and female, used to be limited to aristocracy, but today they are personally chosen by the Sovereign from a variety of backgrounds to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have personally served the Sovereign. These have included Marshal of the RAF, Lord Stirrup, and former Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Sir Winston Churchill. From British Royal Family Prince Charles of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward are among the members of the Royal Order.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

The Supernumerary Knights, or “Foreigners”, are overseas monarchs appointed for the Order, and are added to the twenty-four knights or ladies. King  Juan Carlos (King Felipe’s Father) of received the Order in 1988, the Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix of the Netherlands(King Willem’s Mother) became a member of the Order in 1989.

Members of Britain's Royal family and dignitaries take part in the the annual procession for members of the Order of the Garter ahead of the service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle England Monday June 16, 2014. At left is St Georges Chapel and at right Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/Pool)
British Monarchy Flickr

The patron saint of the Order is St George (patron saint of soldiers and also of England)  and if there are vacancies in the Order, appointments are announced on St George’s Day (23 April). The spiritual home of the Order is St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Every knight is required to display a banner of his arms in the Chapel, together with a helmet, crest and sword and an enamelled stallplate.

Garter Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Royal Family Twitter

St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is the spiritual home of the Order. Knights have their own stall, with the bearer’s banner, crest, helmet & sword displayed above, reminiscent of the Order’s chivalric origins. These items are removed upon death, but the stall plate remains.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

A beautiful view of the chapel before the service.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

Duchess of Cambridge herself received an honour from Queen Elizabeth this year in April on her 8th wedding anniversary. She was appointed the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order for services to the Sovereign.

Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Letizia at Order of the Garter Service
Grand Cross of Royal Victorian Order (Royal Collection Trust)

The Royal Victorian Order was established in 1896 by Queen Victoria to recognise the personal service to the Monarch. Prior to the close of the 19th century, most general honours within the British Empire were bestowed by the sovereign on the advice of her British ministers, who sometimes forwarded advice from ministers of the Crown in the Dominions and colonies (appointments to the then most senior orders of chivalry, the Noblest Order of the Garter and the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, had been made on ministerial advice since the 18th century and were not restored to the personal gift of the sovereign until 1946 and 1947, respectively.

Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Letizia at Order of the Garter Service
Grand Cross of Royal Victorian Order (Wikipedia)

Queen Victoria thus established on 21 April 1896 the Royal Victorian Order as a junior and personal order of knighthood that allowed her to bestow directly to an empire-wide community honours for personal services. The organisation was founded a year preceding Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, so as to give the Queen time to complete a list of first inductees. The order’s official day was made 20 June of each year, marking the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne.

Duchess of Cambridge wore her Royal Victorian Order Sash for the first time at the State Banquet for President Trump
Kensington Palace Twitter

A Knight or a Dame Grand Cross is the highest rank of the order. The Duchess of Cornwall received the honour in 2012 while Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, in 2010. Prince Harry was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2015. Duchess recently wore the blue sash with red and white trim and the star of the order in recognition of her appointment at the State Banquet held in the honour of President Trump in June this year.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

Ahead of the service, Queen Letizia and Countess Sophie had a discussion.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
Kensington Palace Twitter

The annual iconic Garter Day procession, where The Queen and the Knights process in grand velvet robes, glistening insignia and plumed hats, is one of the most traditional ceremonies in the Queen’s calendar.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
The Royal Family Twitter

Every June, a grand procession of the knights takes place at Windsor Castle, accompanied by a marching band and Officers of the Order, all in grand ceremonial dress.

Garter Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Royal Collection Trust

The day begins with The Queen formally investing any new Companions with the Order’s insignia in the Throne Room of the Castle. The Queen entertain the members and officers at a lunch, and then all process on foot to a service in St. George’s Chapel. Then in a short service, new Companions are installed.

 

After today’s service at the chapel, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain in a carriage for the royal procession towards the castle.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

There are rumours going in media that William and Catherine might be in for a royal tour later this year that can have Spain in it.

A great video of today’s service.

Queen Letizia of Spain in Monochrome for Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

On a historic day, Queen Letizia once again stunned the whole royal world with her fashion choice. While keeping her look economically stable she chose a stunning outfit from Spanish label Ana Cherubina.

Ana Cherubina Didi Dress
Ana Cherubina Didi Dress

She was wearing the Label’s, Didi Dress. €280 dress is described as, “The DIDI dress is made of twill fabric with an excellent fall and softness. It has fantastic puff sleeves with lantern cups and buttoned cuffs. The Perkins type collar brings a touch of unique elegance topped on the left side by small lined buttons. It is a midi length dress, with a silhouette cut at the waist by a sash drawn with stitching. Its print is exclusive to Cherubina”.

Queen Letizia wore Ana Cherubina Black Peony Headband at the Order of Garter Service
Ana Cherubina Black Peony Headband

Letizia paired the outfit with Black Peony headband from the same label. The €240 headband is available on the online store of the label. The headband has a beautiful side decorated with a feather peony, topped by other goose feathers that give it height. Grid veil that adapts perfectly to the appearance of the face.

Queen Letizia of Spain in Monochrome for Order of Garter Service
Screen Capture by Queen Letizia Style Blog Twitter

Queen was wearing a new pair of reptile skin pumps. Elizabeth from Queen Letizia style blog noted that Letizia might be wearing a new pair from her trusty label Magrit.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

Letizia finished her look with Diamond Chanton earrings from Spanish Royal Jewel collection known as “joyas de pasar”.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

Queen ornamented her dress with diamond floral shape brooch. Elizabeth from Queen Letizia style blog and noted that the brooch belongs to Letizia’s Mother-in-law Queen Sofia.

CasaReal

A look at Letizia’a hairstyle.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

Few lovely shots of Duchess and Queen at the service.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

Duchess of Cambridge also chose a stylish monochrome look.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

She was wearing Catherine Walker Liza Coatdress. Thanks to Katie on Twitter for the quick id.

duchess of Cambridge wore Catherine Walker Liza Coatdress
Catherine Walker Liza Coatdress

The coatdress is described as, “A contemporary take on a ’50’s look, this coatdress in ivory wool crepe has copped jacket ‘panels’ edged in fine black lace”.

Lock & Co Lion Tamer Percher Hat
Lock & Co Lion Tamer Percher Hat

Catherine paired the outfit with Lock & Co Lion Tamer Percher Hat that she first wore at her very first Trooping the Colour parade in 2011.

Prada Wavy Cut Suede Pumps
Prada Wavy Cut Suede Pumps

Duchess paired the outfit with Prada Wavy Cut Suede Pumps.

Collingwood Pearl Earrings
Collingwood Pearl Earrings/The Royal Family

Duchess finished her look with Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings.

Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ Clutch
Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ Clutch

Catherine was carrying her Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ Clutch that she also owns in other colours.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
Royal Family Twitter

I am leaving you with these iconic pictures of Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge from today’s service.

Queen Letizia and Duchess of Cambridge at Order of Garter Service
CasaReal

On other news, Duchess of Cambridge wrote a letter of support to her patronage EACH – Children Hospices.

Duchess of Cambridge wrote a letter of support to EACH
Duchess of Cambridge wrote a letter of support to EACH

Get all the latest posts in your inbox.

Subscribe Here

1 thought on “Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Letizia of Spain in Chic Monochrome for the Order of Garter Service”

Comments are closed.