18 May 2016

Announcement of New Order of the Garter Appointments

This is not an appearance by The Queen, but is worthy of note here anyway: Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty has appointed two new Garter Knights.

The Queen has been graciously pleased to appoint Lord Shuttleworth, KCVO and Sir David Brewer, CMG, CVO, JP to be Knights Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

Lord Shuttleworth is Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster; Sir David Brewer is a former Lord Mayor of London and former Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

This honor is in The Queen's gift (without Prime Ministerial advice). The Order of the Garter can have a maximum of 24 Knight and/or Lady Companions at any one time; today's announcement brings the total to 23, with one available spot remaining. Appointed members of the Royal Family and international monarchs do not count toward this 24 Companion limit.

Announcements to the Garter are typically made on St. George's Day, so this was a bit of a surprise. No reason was given for the change in date, but the announcement is effective from April 23 (St. George's Day). We'll see these new Knights installed on Garter Day, which will be June 13th this year.