List of current Knights and Ladies of the Garter

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The Most Noble Order of the Garter is a British order of chivalry. It is the world's oldest national order of knighthood in continuous existence and the pinnacle of the British honours system (after the Victoria Cross and George Cross). Its membership is extremely limited, consisting of the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales—both being members ex officio and gaining membership upon acceding to one of the titles—and not more than twenty-four full members, or Companions. Male members are known as Knights Companion, whilst female members are known as Ladies Companion. The Order can also include certain extra members (members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs), known as Supernumerary Knights and Ladies. The Sovereign alone grants membership to the Order.

Members ex officio[edit]

Knights and Ladies Companion[edit]

Member number[N 1] Name Known for Year of appointment Present age
1-(965) United Kingdom The Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC DL Former Secretary-General of NATO and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1985 98
2-(973) United Kingdom Field Marshal The Lord Bramall KG GCB OBE MC JP Former Chief of Defence Staff and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London 1990 93
3-(976) United Kingdom The Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG Businessman and philanthropist 1992 90
4-(977) United Kingdom The Lord Ashburton KG KCVO DL Banker and businessman 1994 89
5-(983) United Kingdom Sir Timothy Colman KG JP Businessman, yachtsman and former Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk 1996 88
6-(986) United Kingdom The Duke of Abercorn KG Former Lord Steward of the Household 1999 83
7-(987) United Kingdom Sir William Gladstone Bt KG JP DL Former Chief Scout of the United Kingdom 1999 92
8-(988) United Kingdom Field Marshal The Lord Inge KG GCB DL Former Chief of Defence Staff and Constable of the Tower of London 2001 82
9-(989) United Kingdom Sir Antony Acland KG GCMG GCVO Former Ambassador, Permanent Secretary to the FCO and Head of the Diplomatic Service 2001 87
10-(993) United Kingdom The Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO PC Former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service 2003 79
11-(994) United Kingdom The Lord Morris of Aberavon KG PC QC Former Attorney-General and Secretary of State for Wales 2003 86
12-(995) United Kingdom Sir John Major KG CH PC Former Prime Minister 2005 74
13-(1001) United Kingdom The Lord Luce KG GCVO PC DL Former Lord Chamberlain and Governor of Gibraltar 2008 81
14-(1002) United Kingdom Sir Thomas Dunne KG KCVO JP Former Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire and of Worcestershire 2008 84
15-(1003) United Kingdom The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC Former Lord Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court 2011 79
16-(1004) United Kingdom Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL Former Chief of Defence Staff 2011 74
17-(1005) United Kingdom Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Stirrup KG GCB AFC Former Chief of Defence Staff 2013 67
18-(1006) United Kingdom The Baroness Manningham-Buller LG DCB Former Director-General of MI5 2014 69
19-(1007) United Kingdom The Lord King of Lothbury KG GBE FBA Former Governor of the Bank of England 2014 69
20-(1008) United Kingdom The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire 2016 69
21-(1009) United Kingdom Sir David Brewer KG CMG CVO JP Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and former Lord Mayor of London 2016 77
22 Vacant [N 2]    
23 Vacant [N 3]    
24 Vacant [N 4]    

Royal Knights and Ladies Companion[edit]

Name Year of appointment Present age Notes
Royal Standard of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.svg The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GCVO, ONZ, GBE, AK, QSO, GCL, CC, CMM, CD, PC, PCc, ADC(P) 1947 96 recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
The Duke of Kent, KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC(P) 1985 82
The Princess Royal, KG, KT, GCVO, QSO, CD[1] 1994 67
The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, SSI, GCStJ 1996 73
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, KG, GCVO[1] 2003 80
The Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) 2006 57
The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) 2006 53
The Duke of Cambridge, KG, KT, PC, ADC(P) 2008 35

Stranger Knights and Ladies Companion (also known as Extra Knights and Ladies Companion)[edit]

Name Year of appointment Present age Notes
Luxembourg Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, KG 1972 96
Denmark The Queen of Denmark, LG, GCVO 1979 77 recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
Sweden The King of Sweden, KG, GCVO 1983 71 recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
Spain King Juan Carlos I of Spain, KG 1988 79 recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
Netherlands Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, LG, GCVO 1989 79 recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
Japan The Emperor of Japan, KG, GCVO 1998 83
Norway The King of Norway, KG, GCVO 2001 80 recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
Spain The King of Spain, KG, GCVO 2017 49 [2]

Officers[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The number shown in brackets is the individual's place in the wider order of appointment since the Order's inception.
  2. ^ Vacant following the death of The Duke of Wellington on 31 December 2014.
  3. ^ Vacant following the death of The Duke of Westminster on 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ Vacant following the death of Sir Ninian Stephen, former Governor General of Australia, on 29 October 2017.

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