The Order of the Garter ceremony is here: Inside this powerful new royal tradition

Queen Elizabeth II hosts the 92nd annual Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle on June 5, 2019. The ceremony began with readings from the oldest member of the Windsor Estate staff, a female resident, and Prince Charles’ personal secretary of 25 years, Gavin Hall, reading a passage from Genesis. The Queen, who is anointed with oil before each procession at the Order of the Garter Ceremony, prayed for divine intercession on behalf of all gentry in the ceremony. [Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock]

“The Pre-Service Ritual starts at 10 a.m.

11 a.m.

The Queen arrives. The Very Reverend Canon Alan Wilson, 7th Duke of Marlborough takes the roll call, led by the Dean of Windsor, Viscount Severn, as well as Lord Chamberlain’s Office Chief Officer, the Hon. Admiral Duncan Wilson, to the Right of the Throne.

12:15 p.m.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal arrive for the lunch, which is to begin two hours after the Solemn Procession. A film and photographic presentation illustrating the key institutions of the British crown is arranged around this table. After this, the procession of the Order of the Garter begins.

1:15 p.m.

The first page of the roll call is made: the 3rd Earl of Mornington and the 5th Baron Reading. Then the 2nd Baron Erddig, the Hon. Lord Timpson, who is accompanied by the deans and rectors of each diocese and their bishops. It is followed by the 3rd Earl of Oxford, who is accompanied by one or more of his bishops. The 4th Earl of Bristol and the 7th Lord Higginson precede him by two male knights. The second Earl of Oxford then follows him on his journey to the throne.

2:20 p.m.

Heavily armed knights lay out their cuffs, swords and ceremonial piping. Their arms are ceremonially turned down in front of their sticks and to the left or right. If the order is represented in an alphabetical order, at the end of his march the knight is supposed to touch the ground at the first wreath to be laid and then symbolically suspend the sign of the cross. If the order is represented by a letter, the knight should face the letter on his right.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, whose stories inspired the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Man Who Knew Too Much, is crowned by a Cardinal at a celebration ceremony on June 6, 1919 in Moscow. Dostoyevsky is receiving the Defender of the Faith medal, which was instituted in 1714. [Photo by Leo Strnad/ Getty Images]

Dostoyevsky meets Benedictine Cardinal Maximillian Mendeleev during a service in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on June 6, 1919. Dostoyevsky, whose stories inspired the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Man Who Knew Too Much, was being recognized as Defender of the Faith medal, which was instituted in 1714. [Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images]

Pope John Paul II is pictured with Chinese National Sports Team at about 9 a.m. on the morning of July 14, 1992 at Olympic Stadium in Munich. A new “Friendship Cup” was inaugurated that year between four European and Asian countries: Austria, Brazil, Germany and Italy. [Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images]

Monsignor Georges Cottier, former Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of Pope John Paul II’s Council of Faith and Order, waves during his unveiling at Westminster Cathedral on July 13, 1992. In 2001, both Cottier and the Pope died within a matter of months of each other and their respective funeral ceremonies were held at Westminster Cathedral. [Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images]

Pope John Paul II visits Crownbridge, Buckinghamshire, on May 21, 1993 in preparation for a canonization service. He established the first permanent diocese of Westminster in Ireland in 1986. [Photo by Michael Bowles/Getty Images]

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