Prince Harry: When Will He Be Appointed To The Order of the Garter?

By Monday, June 13, 2016 0 Permalink

In 2008, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton giggled as Prince William joined the procession of the Most Noble Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle.

What Harry and Catherine found so funny on that day in June was William’s uniform – a velvet robe and plumed hat that made him look a bit like a Shakespeare character.


Those two dopes (I use that term endearingly) failed to recognize that the Most Noble Order of the Garter is Britain’s oldest Order of Chivalry, and it only includes 24 members, plus the Sovereign.

Today, I wondered when (or perhaps even if) Harry would be invited into the order, which was started in 1348 by King Edward III.

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In 2015, Harry was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO), gifted by the Queen to people who have served her or the Monarchy in a personal way.

Even better, only “granny” (the Sovereign) is able to appoint such positions.

Still, he is not yet a member of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which includes his older brother, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.

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I asked Twitter and awaited answers.

The Sun‘s royal reporter, Emily Andrews had some good insight, noting that a royal’s presence at a state banquet was an indication that he or she was moving up in the ranks:

My spirit animals at Go Fug Yourself shared another possible theory:

More insight from my royal Tweep friends, most of whom believe it won’t happen until after Charles ascends the throne.

Truth be told, I would love to see the Queen appoint Harry, since she’s witnessed the good work he’s done with charities and as a soldier in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

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