In pictures: Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle

Nicola Hine

Wet weather meant the annual Order of the Garter Service at Windsor today did not have its traditional procession.

The service, attended by senior royals including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, usually features a colourful procession of carriages through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

But due to the inclement weather, the royal family and many of the knights arrived and departed by car instead.

The Queen, who has been busy at events celebrating her 90th birthday over the weekend, was joined in her car by her husband, Prince Philip, now 95.

Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and the Duchess of Cornwall were also in attendance.

In fashion terms, it was Kate who stole the show in a red coat and dress by Catherine Walker and Lock & Co hat.

The Garter is the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry, set up by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago.

It includes the Queen, several senior royals, and 24 knights or ladies chosen in recognition of their work.

Two new knights were installed: Sir David Brewer, a former Lord Mayor of London, and Charles Kay-Shuttleworth, Chairman of the Association of Lord Lieutenants.

Vacancies only arise upon the death of another knight or lady and there is currently one more vacancy in the order.

These were due to the deaths of The Lord Kingsdown, The Duke of Wellington and The Lady Soames.

The service, which took place in St George’s Chapel, included hymns, readings and a blessing.

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