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]

  1. United Kingdom The Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC DL (1985)
  2. United Kingdom Field Marshal The Lord Bramall KG GCB OBE MC JP (1990)
  3. United Kingdom The Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG (1992)
  4. United Kingdom The Lord Ashburton KG KCVO DL (1994)
  5. Australia Sir Ninian Stephen KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE PC QC (1994)
  6. United Kingdom Sir Timothy Colman KG JP (1996)
  7. United Kingdom The Duke of Abercorn KG (1999)
  8. United Kingdom Sir William Gladstone Bt KG JP DL (1999)
  9. United Kingdom Field Marshal The Lord Inge KG GCB DL (2001)
  10. United Kingdom Sir Antony Acland KG GCMG GCVO (2001)
  11. United Kingdom The Duke of Westminster KG CB CVO OBE TD DL (2003)
  12. United Kingdom The Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO PC (2003)
  13. United Kingdom The Lord Morris of Aberavon KG PC QC (2003)
  14. United Kingdom Sir John Major KG CH PC (2005)
  15. United Kingdom The Lord Luce KG GCVO PC DL (2008)
  16. United Kingdom Sir Thomas Dunne KG KCVO JP (2008)
  17. United Kingdom The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC (2011)
  18. United Kingdom Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL (2011)
  19. United Kingdom Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Stirrup KG GCB AFC PC (2013)
  20. United Kingdom The Baroness Manningham-Buller LG DCB (2014)
  21. United Kingdom The Lord King of Lothbury KG GBE FBA (2014)
  22. Vacant [N 1]
  23. Vacant [N 2]
  24. Vacant [N 3]

Royal Knights and Ladies Companion[edit]

  1. The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM ONZ GBE AK QSO GCL CC CMM PC PC ADC(P)  (1947) recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
  2. The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC(P) (1985)
  3. The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO [1][2] (1994)
  4. The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO (1996)
  5. Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO[1] (2003)
  6. The Duke of York KG GCVO ADC(P)  (2006)
  7. The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO ADC(P) (2006)
  8. The Duke of Cambridge KG KT ADC(P) (2008)

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

  1. Luxembourg Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg KG (1972)
  2. Denmark The Queen of Denmark LG GCVO (1979) recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
  3. Sweden The King of Sweden KG GCVO (1983) recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
  4. Spain King Juan Carlos I of Spain KG (1988) recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
  5. Netherlands Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands LG GCVO (1989) recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain
  6. Japan The Emperor of Japan KG GCVO (1998)
  7. Norway The King of Norway KG GCVO (2001) recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vacant following the death of Lord Kingsdown on November 24, 2013.
  2. ^ Vacant following the death of Lady Soames on May 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Vacant following the death of The Duke of Wellington on December 31, 2014.


  1. ^ a b "Knights of the Orders of Chivalry". Debretts. Retrieved 5 March 2012. Although HRH The Princess Royal and HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy, are both female they are actually included with the Royal Knights Companions and they bear the post-nominal letters KG (not LG). 
  2. ^ "New appointments to the Order of the Thistle". Retrieved 5 June 2012.