Royals step out for the Windsor ceremony – and Andrew is nowhere to be seen

Composite image of photos from Garter Day

The tradition dates back to 1348 when the monarch first appointed Knights of the Garter (Image: P/i Images/Getty)

Senior royals donned their finery to parade through the grounds of Windsor Castle for the traditional Garter Day ceremony this afternoon.

A procession of the Queen’s finest Knights of the Order of the Garter takes place every June and all new members are welcomed.

Prince Andrew was reportedly hoping to play a role at this year’s event, but he was not absent from any public part of the celebrations.

As a close relative of the Queen, he’s still a Knight of the Garter – but has become a controversial figure after allegations of sexual abuse, which he denies but settles in court to avoid a civil trial.

The Order of the Garter dates back to 1348 when King Edward III. apparently inspired by stories about King Arthur and his knights.

An older version of the Order of Service for Chapel named Andrew as part of the Knights of the Garter present, but in the final edition, which was circulated to the public, he was omitted.

Prince Charles and his son William are said to have lobbied the Queen not to let Andrews publicly attend Garter Day.

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The procession enters St George's Chapel for the Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle

The procession enters St George’s Chapel for the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle (Image: Getty)

The Queen was not in public today but posed with Charles and Camilla ahead of the service

The Queen was not in public today but posed with Charles and Camilla ahead of the service (Image: Buckingham Palace/AP)

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center right, speaks to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, center right, talks to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: AP)

Prince Charles and Prince William wear hats with white plumes

Prince Charles and Prince William wear very attractive hats (Image: Reuters)

Kate wore blue for today's ceremony

Kate wore blue for today’s ceremony (Image: Reuters)

The procession heads to St George's Chapel for the Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle

There were around 4,000 spectators inside the walls of Windsor Castle (Image: Reuters)

Charles, Camilla, William and Kate travel in a carriage on their return journey to Windsor Castle

Charles, Camilla, William and Kate ride in a carriage on their return journey to Windsor Castle (Image: Reuters)

The event will include a service, an investiture for new members and lunch.

It is usually presided over by the monarch but the Queen, 96, did not attend the public celebrations today due to her ongoing mobility issues.

However, the palace previously released a photo of her standing with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at Windsor Castle.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York is understood to want to return to a public role despite the aftermath of his disastrous Newsnight interview when he used Pizza Express as an alibi and said he couldn’t sweat.

Joe Little, Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine said: “It was clearly the intention that he would be there as he is on one of the lists so it’s not media fabrication that he would be there, until recently that was the intention .

“Interesting that the family would have to step in on something like this and pull him back, but that’s clearly what it takes.”

Mr Little speculated that the decision could cause Andrew to reassess his future and how “impossible” it was for him to return as a working member of the royal family.

He said of the move to remove Andrew from the public eye: “I think the decision that they have made is a reasonable one, I think they are fully aware of the public’s opinion of the Duke of York’s conduct and that this very much is damage control exercise on behalf of senior members of his family.’

Prince Charles, center left, walks in procession with his wife Camilla

Prince Charles, center left, walks in procession with his wife Camilla (Image: AP)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Order Of The Garter Service

The Order of the Garter is the oldest and oldest order of chivalry in Britain (Image: Getty)

Beefeaters march at Windsor Castle during Garter Day celebrations

Beefeaters march during Garter Day celebrations at Windsor Castle (Image: Rex)

Prince Charles and Camilla go to the service in ceremonial robes

The Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III almost 700 years ago (Image: Getty)

Tony Blair arrives at St George's Chapel

Tony Blair arrives at St George’s Chapel (Image: Getty)

A handcuffed protester with fake blood on his hands wearing a mask of Tony Blair's face

There was a protest against former Prime Minister Tony Blair being made a Knight Companion of the Noble Order of the Garter (Image: Getty)

People hold signs in front of the castle as they demonstrate against the appointment of former Prime Minister Tony Blair to the Order

People hold signs in front of the castle as they demonstrate against the appointment of former Prime Minister Tony Blair to the Order (Image: AP)

Baroness Valerie Amos (fourth from right) arrives for the ceremony at Windsor Castle alongside Tony Blair

Baroness Valerie Amos (fourth from right) arrives alongside Tony Blair for the ceremony at Windsor Castle (Image: Getty)

Andrew is rumored to be the Queen’s favorite child and she signaled her support for him by attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in March.

But he did not appear during the Platinum Jubilee, saying the day before that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and needed to isolate himself.

Around 4,500 spectators within the walls of Windsor Castle watched the colorful procession of the Knights and Dames of the Garter in blue velvet coats, red velvet bonnets, black velvet hats and white ostrich feathers.

The future Queen Camilla entered the Order of the Garter for the first time as Royal Lady.

Former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair was also appointed as a Knight Companion in Britain’s oldest and longest-serving chivalric order, and the honor sparked a protest outside the castle walls by around 100 ‘Stop the War’ activists, who once chanted ‘Tony Blair War’ to the criminal ‘.

He went with Baroness Valerie Amos, who joined the Order as Lady Companion. The Labor peer, the first black person to become a member of the cabinet, is now also the first black person to be appointed to the order.

The Queen did not take part in the procession of the Knights of the Garter as she would traditionally do. The decision was expected given her mobility issues, and in recent years she has driven to the place of worship.

She attended lunch and the investiture ceremony.

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