JULIAN V. BRANDT III
2018 was a phenomenal year for The American Friends of St George’s and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter, both in terms of membership growth and in activities. Following on the success of 2017, as of writing this, for the calendar year 2018 to date, 49 new American members were admitted from all regions of the United States: 24 as Friends and 25 as Descendants.
At the Annual Meeting and Tea, held at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on April 10th, our special guests were the Venerable Canon Martin Poll and Mrs Poll, with a total of 62 in attendance. Canon Poll delivered a highly informative talk, on the current activities at St George’s Chapel and ways in which we may continue to support its mission. At the meeting Dr Oregon Lybass received the St George’s Award for recruiting the largest number of new Friends members.
While in Washington the Polls attended several Anglo-American society events, reinforcing the historic ties between Great Britain and America.
Thanks to the continued generosity of our members, in 2018 we were pleased to fund a new Altar Frontal for the Nave Altar from Watts & Co., along with two sets of new Vestments for regular daily use. The Altar Frontal was given by the American Friends in celebration of the marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle. It was reported to us that Ms Markle is a descendant of King Edward III, which makes the American Friends’ donation even more meaningful. The Vestments were given by Mr Russell Scott, honouring W01 (GSM) W.D. (Bill) Mott, OBE, MVO.
Garter Day 2018 was met with the usual excitement and anticipation by 20 American patrons. The festivities began with a luncheon at Vicars’ Hall, followed by the Garter Service. After the Garter Service, other members attended the Friends’ tea at Vicars’ Hall, which was followed by a special invitation for a drinks party hosted by the College of Arms at Ranger’s Lodge in the Great Park. The day culminated with a Gala dinner at Cumberland Lodge.
Our 2019 Annual Meeting and Tea will be held on Tuesday April 9th from 3 to 5pm at the Cosmos Club. Because of new British privacy laws, persons who joined as Friends directly through Windsor can no longer be automatically added on to the American Friends’ mailing list. If anyone interested in attending does not receive an invitation, please contact our Secretary, John Shannon, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospects for Garter Day 2019 look very promising, with 20 American patrons already committed to attending.