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The Supernumerary Knights of the Garter

The Order of the Garter ceremony will see two new royal knights join the procession for the first time. King Felipe VI of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will be invested at Windsor following their recent appointments to the order. The Queen made King Felipe a Supernumerary Knight in 2017 and conferred the same honour on King Willem-Alexander in 2018.

The two men will join a select band of ‘extra’ knights and ladies companion of the garter and the faces will be very familiar as they include Felipe’s father and Willem-Alexander’s mother. The supernumerary knights are chosen by the Queen from her royal counterparts and several of Europe’s reigning houses are currently featured. Here they are, in order of appointment.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

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Appointed 1979

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

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Appointed 1983

King Juan Carlos I of Spain

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Appointed 1988

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

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Appointed 1989

Emperor Emeritus Akihito of Japan

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Appointed 1998

King Harald V of Norway

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Appointed 2001

And the newest appointments are….

King Felipe VI of Spain

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Appointed 2017

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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Appointed 2018

The Order of the Garter ceremony where King Felipe and King Willem-Alexander will be invested takes place on Monday June 17th at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Royal Central will bring you all the details as they happen on the day.

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