Kate Middleton attends Garter Day service 14 years after appearing as Prince William’s girlfriend

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Kate Middleton attended the Order of the Garter 14 years after debuting as Prince William’s girlfriend.

The order of chivalry, known as one of the oldest royal traditions, was founded by King Edward III in 1348. The Duchess of Cambridge first attended the event in 2008 as she was leaving with her future husband. William, 39, received his Knighthood of the Order of the Garter the same year.

The 40-year-old’s first appearance at the ceremony signified to the public that the royal family had welcomed her. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met when they were students at the University of St Andrews. They started dating in 2003 and married in 2011 at Westminster Abbey. They now share three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, left, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attend the Order of the Garter service at St George's Chapel on June 13, 2022 in Windsor, England.
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, left, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attend the Order of the Garter service at St George’s Chapel on June 13, 2022 in Windsor, England.
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For Monday’s ceremony, Middleton arrived with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of William’s uncle Prince Edward. The Duchess wore a royal blue coat dress by Alexander McQueen, paired with a matching clutch and floral fascinator by Juliette Botterill.

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After the ceremony, the National Portrait Gallery announced that one of Middleton’s portraits released earlier this year on his birthday had been sent to the museums at the University of St Andrews.

“From today this portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge will be on display at @MuseumsUniStA as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met at @univofstandrews,” they tweeted. “This is part of our Coming Home project, where we send portraits of individuals to places they are associated with.”

The Order of the Garter is Britain's oldest and oldest order of chivalry, created by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago.

The Order of the Garter is Britain’s oldest and oldest order of chivalry, created by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago.
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This is good news for the Royal Family, which made headlines after it was revealed that Prince Andrew would not take part in the Order of the Garter procession.

Omid Scobie, royal editor of Harper’s Bazaar and co-author of ‘Finding Freedom’, has revealed the disgraced Duke of York’s so-called public comeback has been put on hold after a last-minute ‘family decision’.

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“After what Palace sources described as a last minute ‘family decision’, Prince Andrew will no longer take part in today’s Garter Day procession or service,” Scobie tweeted. “As a Knight of the Garter he will always be at the Investiture and Luncheon which will take place at Windsor (as will the Queen).”

Prince Harry and Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton attend the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle on June 16, 2008 in Windsor, England.

Prince Harry and Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton attend the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle on June 16, 2008 in Windsor, England.
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A Buckingham Palace spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. The Guardian reported that Andrew, as Knight Garter, will attend the investiture of new members and the annual luncheon, keeping his appearance out of public view.

The 62-year-old, a knight of the world’s oldest order of chivalry, was due to join his family in Windsor, including fellow knights Prince Charles and Prince William. The controversial royal was previously knighted as the son of Queen Elizabeth.

In May, the Palace announced that Andrew would not appear on the balcony alongside senior members of the Royal Family for Trooping the Color during the Platinum Jubilee. The Queen decreed that only active members would join her.

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Andrew quit royal duties in 2019 following a disastrous interview regarding his ties to late US financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who stepped down as senior members in 2020, also did not appear on the balcony.

During Trooping the Color on June 2, the Palace revealed that Andrew would miss the Thanksgiving service to be held the following day due to testing positive for COVID-19.



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