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On Friday evening, the Queen announced that the Duchess of Cornwall would become a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter.
In addition, Baroness Valerie Ann Amos has been declared a Lady Companion and former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been awarded the title Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
The Order of the Garter was in 1348 by Edward III. and is the highest-ranking order of knights in the British honor system. The number of companions is limited to 24, but surplus members are not included.
The order includes the Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, several senior members of the royal family, and 24 knights selected in recognition of their work. Knights of the Garter are personally selected by the monarch to honor those who have held public offices, contributed to national life, or personally served the monarch.
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Sir Winston Churchill and Prince Philip were also honored during their lifetime.
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Every year in June, a great knight’s procession takes place at Windsor Castle, which is accompanied by a brass band and officers of the order in ceremonial clothing. The ceremony of the Order of the Garter, hosted by Queen Elizabeth, is one of the great highlights of the royal calendar.