In keeping with the statutes of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the Solemnity of St George is marked over a period of three days.
At Mattins on Sunday 15 June Members of the College of St George re-dedicated themselves to the service of God and to prayer for the Royal Family and the living and departed Knights of the Garter. At Evensong there was a commemoration of King Edward IV who began the building of the current Chapel in 1475.
The Service of Thanksgiving for the formation of the order and re-dedication to the ideals of Christian chivalry took place on Monday 16 June. The service included the installation of the two newest members of the Order (Baron King of Lothbury and Baroness Manningham-Buller). At the start of the Service The Queen commanded that ‘the Companions newly invested be installed’. The investiture took place earlier in the day in the Garter Throne Room in the State Apartments of Windsor Castle. Later, the two new members of the Order processed behind the Constable & Governor of Windsor Castle, the Military Knights of Windsor, the Officers of Arms (heralds and pursuivants) and in front of other members of the Order, the Royal members of the Order, the Officers of the Order, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh and a detachment of the Yeomen of the Guard from the State Apartments through the precincts of the Castle to St George’s Chapel. At The Queen’s Command Garter King of Arms and Black Rod conducted the two new members to their seats in the Quire of the Chapel.
A Requiem service for departed members of the Order took place on Tuesday 17 June. The setting was by Fauré.
Apart from the Service of Thanksgiving on Monday 16 June (which was by ticketed invitation only) the services, in common with the regular services at St George’s Chapel, are open to all.