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Queen Appoints Ex-Head Of Forces To Order Of The Garter

Her Majesty The Queen has appointed the UK’s former ‘Chief of the Defence Staff’ as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Air Chief Marshal The Lord Stirrup has been appointed one of the 24 Knight Companions of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by Her Majesty, Buckingham Palace announces.

The honour is within the personal gift of Her Majesty and is the highest order of chivalry in the land.

Its members are limited to The Queen, the Prince of Wales and 24 knight companions as well as supernumerary knights (which include members of the Royal Family and foreign members).

Lord Stirrup fills one of three vacancies created by the deaths of Baroness Thatcher, the Duke of Grafton and Viscount Ridley.

Lord Stirrup will join Her Majesty, the Royal Family and other Knights Companion at Windsor Castle in June for the Garter procession at St George’s Chapel where Lords Stirrup will wear full Garter robes and process past crowds of people gathered at Windsor Castle for the day.

The appointment allows him to put ‘KG’ after his name (Knight of the Garter) and if he wasn’t already titled, would be styled as ‘Sir’.

The announcements are made to coincide with St George’s Day and official ceremonies take place on Garter Day, which is in June.

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