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In Pictures: Royal spectacle as Queen and family attend Garter service

St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle was once more the scene of great pomp and pageantry, just weeks after the wedding of Harry and Meghan.

The chapel where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married just weeks ago was again the centre of attention, as the Queen and Knights of the Garter attended the Garter service.

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The Prince of Wales at the annual Order of the Garter Service (Matt Dunham/PA)

The Prince of Wales returned to the chapel where his son Harry was married before the eyes of the world only a few weeks ago, this time for a grand traditional ceremony.

Other royals who lent even more weight to the occasion were the Duke of Cambridge, his uncles the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, and his aunt the Princess Royal.

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The Duke of York (left) and the Earl of Wessex arrive for the eye-catching event at Windsor (Ben Stansall/PA)
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The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) and the Countess of Wessex (right) (Ben Stansall/PA)

The Duke of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy were among the Garter Knights in the procession, wearing blue velvet robes and black velvet hats with white plumes.

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The Princess Royal at the Order of the Garter Service (Ben Stansall/PA)
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Princess Alexandra and the Duke of Kent travel by carriage following the service (Chris Jackson/PA)

The appointment of Knights of the Garter is made without consultation of ministers as it is in the Queen’s gift, and recipients are chosen due to having held public office, contributed to national life or served the sovereign personally.

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Guards of the Blues and Royals regiment and the military band march around the crowds waiting for the annual service (Chris Jackson/PA)

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the spectacle in the grounds of Windsor Castle in fine weather.

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Guards of the Blues and Royals regiment and the military band before the service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle (Chris Jackson/PA)

Ex-Conservative prime minster John Major is another member of the order.

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Former prime minister Sir John Major leaves St George’s Chapel (Steve Parsons/PA)

The Queen attended without the Duke of Edinburgh, who has effectively retired from public duties.

The crowds were treated to the traditional carriage procession when the senior members of the royal family travelled back to the castle.

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