Windsor never ceases to be the scene of landmark royal events: after having hosted a few months apart the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, that of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank , then the presentation of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the royal city of Berkshire was Monday, June 17, 2019 the place of a big bang of royal glamor! On the occasion of the ceremonies of the Order of the Garter, the oldest of the orders of chivalry (fourteenth century), the Duchess Catherine of Cambridge had at her side Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Three of the most prominent style icons on the European continent …
Usually a strictly British-British affair that mobilizes several "executives" of the royal family, the 2019 vintage decorations in the Order of the Garter was marked by this exceptional international contingent. To this, a very simple reason: Queen Elizabeth II decided to make "foreign knights" King Felipe VI of Spain and Willem-Alexander from the Netherlands, two "young" sovereigns. The first, who succeeded his father Juan Carlos I on June 19, 2014, was notified of this distinction in July 2017 during his official visit at the time, and the second, mounted on the throne at the abdication of his mother Beatrix on April 30, 2013, in the fall of 2018 under the same circumstances, but it was during a single ceremony that they were to attain this honor. Joining in the cohort of foreign knights, Juan Carlos and Beatrix, but also Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Emperor Akihito of Japan and King Harald V of Norway.
Felipe and Willem-Alexander knighted, Letizia and Maxima make sensation
If the two men invariably donned the ceremonial dress of rigor, namely the dark blue coat, embroidered, the crest of the cross of St. George, their wives have displayed splendor of elegance for this great day: at side of the Duchess Catherine, 37 years old, bright in a coat-coat Catherine Walker (one of her sure values for special occasions), Queen Letizia of Spain, which was associated with her for the second time only in official context soon two years after the banquet of the state visit of 2017, had opted for an affordable dress (a little less than 300 euros, but no less chic so far) white with black dots of Cherubina brand, to which she has already made a wonderful advertising in recent weeks. a look completed by a black mantilla, for a solemn effect of the most remarkable. As for Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, eminent specialist of flashy colors, she had been careful not to steal the show from anyone, extremely elegant in a set powder pink Claes Iversen with a wide satin belt. Like Kate, Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles, also in pink, and Countess Sophie from Wessex in Suzannah, joined them, while their husbands took part in the ceremonies.
Queen Elizabeth II officiated in person, in the presence of her son Prince Charles, alone to hold the same prerogative and to be able to replace it in this exercise. Princess Anne, lady knight since 1994, Prince William and his uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, the last three to have been made royal knights (respectively in 2008 and 2006), whose dean is the Duke of Edinburgh ( since 1947), were also present and took part, under the gaze of hundreds of curious, in the procession which preceded the service celebrated in the chapel Saint-Georges. Note that Prince Harry does not belong to the moment.
Felipe of Spain and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands are among the so-called "supernumerary" knights of the order, whose number of regular knights is limited to 24. Two new ones were also welcomed during the same ceremony : Lady Mary Peters and Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, Marquis of Salisbury.