Cecil Beaton, The 1968 Sitting - Queen Elizabeth II, Sovereign of the Order of the Garter

Cecil Beaton, The 1968 Sitting - Queen Elizabeth II, Sovereign of the Order of the Garter

Queen Elizabeth II in the robes of Sovereign of the Order of the Garter
Cecil Beaton
Gelatin silver print
Music Room, Buckingham Palace
1968
Museum no. PH.1893-1987
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III in 1348. It is the most senior British order of chivalry. The Queen wears the robes of the Sovereign of the Order: the blue riband (or sash) and the dark blue velvet mantle, on which is pinned the Garter Star. The star comprises the St George's Cross within the Garter, surrounded by radiating silver beams. St George is the patron saint of the Order.