The Queen was all smiles
as she posed for a picture alongside the Prince of Wales and the Duchess
of Cornwall on Monday to mark the Order of the Garter service.
Dressed in an opulent
silvery-white gown, the 96-year-old monarch put on a regal display. She wore a
matching silver handbag, silver heels, a blue Garter sash, her Garter star
badge, and her Bow Brooch. The Queen was also seen with her walking stick amid
recent concerns for her mobility.
Charles and Camilla flanked
the Queen on either side with both opting to wear their splendid velvet Garter
The joyous photograph was
taken at Windsor Castle on Monday ahead of the Garter service in St George’s
Chapel. In light of the Queen’s ongoing mobility issues, the 96-year-old did
not take part in the traditional procession of Garter Knights and Ladies
through the grounds of the Berkshire Castle.
The Queen wore a shimmery white gown
Despite this, she did end up
attending a behind-the-scenes lunch and investiture ceremony.
Her Majesty’s appearance is
the first time the Queen has been pictured since her lavish four-day long
Platinum Jubilee celebrations which took place last week.
This year’s Garter Day was
beset by an internal struggle after the disgraced Duke of York was forced to
remain out of sight during the procession after a “family decision” was taken
to limit his appearance to the lunch and investiture ceremony.
Having stepped away from
public life in 2019, the Queen’s third child made a private appearance in his
role as a Garter Knight.
Camilla was in the procession
for the first time having been appointed a Royal Lady of the Order of the
Garter back in December.
The Order of the Garter is the
oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward
III in 1348. The Order includes the Queen, who is sovereign of the Garter,
several senior members of the royal family, and twenty-four Knights or Ladies
chosen in recognition of their work.