During their life, the banners, stallplates and crests of Companions of the Order of the Garter are positioned over their stalls in the Quire of St George’s Chapel. An individual’s banner and crest are taken down after death but the stallplate remains in place for perpetuity. The crest is returned to the College of Arms in London. The banner is given to the family after presentation at the high altar.
The Garter banner of the Late Lord Bingham of Cornhill which hung in St George’s Chapel until his death in September 2010 now hangs in St Cynog’s, Boughrood, Brecon. One photograph shows the banner hanging on a pole carved especially for the purpose from a 400 year old piece of oak. The heraldic design is a play on the word Cornhill: Per pale Or and Vert per chevron three ears of corn slipped and leaved all countercharged.
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