The United States Report 19/20


2019 was another great year for the American Friends of St George’s and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter. In June 2019, a group of 20 members, led by the president, Vic Brandt attended Garter Day, and had a wonderful experience. Several of us had very special seating in St George’s Chapel. The Garter Ceremony was followed by a reception with the Heralds from the College of Arms at the Deputy Ranger’s residence in the Great Park, and a formal dinner at the Cumberland Lodge.

We were provided with a private tour of St George’s Chapel, and a very special tour of the historic Curfew Tower, and clock located on the Castle wall that overlooks the town of Windsor.  Canon Martin Poll, Domestic Chaplain to HM the Queen, showed us the beautiful new vestments that one of our patron members funded.

The year was led off by our popular annual English Tea event held on April 9, 2019 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. Our guest speaker was Patric Dickinson LVO, the Clarenceux King of Arms at the College of Arms in London. Patric provided a most informative, and entertaining talk on the history of the College of Arms. We were privileged to have one of the three Kings from the College of Arms address us, and he was given an enthusiastic welcome

This year, our annual meeting was to have been held again in Washington on April 14, but due to the current virus concerns, it unfortunately had to be cancelled. We had invited a Yeoman Warder from HM’s Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London, to provide engaging, and entertaining stories of the famous and historic Tower. Looking to the future, we have scheduled our meeting and English Tea next year on April 13, 2021 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

I would like to remind our members that we are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and our mission is to assist St George’s College in supporting, preserving, and restoring the architectural treasures of St George’s College and the Chapel. Thanks to the generosity of our patron members, and with approval of our board, in 2019, we provided substantial assistance to the masterful restoration of the beautiful historic Curfew Tower and clock.

This year, I am excited to announce that our board has approved to support St George’s world class choir and in doing so to contribute towards developing youth. To meet that objective, we will aim to fund a scholarship in support of choristers at St George’s School within Windsor Castle. We are a non-profit organization, and you may make your U.S. tax deductible contribution payable to American Friends of St George’s to our Treasurer, John Shannon at P.O. Box 416, Charleston, SC  29402.

Additionally, here is a PayPal link where you can make an individual non-deductible online gift directly to support St George’s that I encourage you to consider.

I am proud to be named as the new president at our tele-conference meeting of April 14, 2020 succeeding Vic Brandt who has done a most commendable job in building our Organization during his leadership. We are diligently working to maintain current mailing and email addresses. If you have not already done so, please contact our Secretary, Laura D. Ramsay at [email protected] and provide her with your email address.

For membership in joining the American Friends of St George’s and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter, you may contact me at [email protected]

Best wishes,


The American Friends of St George’s
and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter

Officers and Directors

President: Kenneth F. Herrington III
1st Vice President: Brantley B. Knowles
2nd Vice President: Dianne A. Robinson
3rd Vice President: D. Brenton Simons
Registrar/Genealogist: Karen E. McClendon
Secretary: Laura D. Ramsay
Treasurer: John M. Shannon .
Director: Richard D. Batchelder, Jr.
Director: Barry C. Howard
Director: Cornelia C. Smithwick
Director: Eva Strasburger
Director: Mrs. Shelby D. Ward

Hon. President: Julian Victor Brandt III
Hon. President: Craig H. Metz
Hon. President: C. Allen Foster

The Queen's Free Chapel. The Chapel of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. The Chapel of the College of St George.