Princess Diana at what would be her last attendance at the Order of the Garter Ceremony, 14 June 1993.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry and the third most prestigious honour (after the Victoria Cross and George Cross) in England and of the United Kingdom, and is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England’s patron saint.
It is awarded at the Sovereign’s pleasure as a personal gift on recipients from the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 members, or Companions. The order also includes supernumerary knights and ladies (e.g. members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs). New appointments to the Order of the Garter are always announced on St George’s Day, 23 April, as Saint George is the patron saint of England.
The order’s emblem is a garter with the motto “Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense” (originating from Middle French: “Shame on him who thinks evil of it”) in gold lettering. Members of the order wear it on ceremonial occasions.
Diana is wearing a vivid pink wool suit from Catherine Walker. This was her first Garter ceremony since her separation from Prince Charles in 1992, but only weeks before she had not been asked to attend Royal Ascot. It had a short skirt which was a signal of her new independence and is in a bold pink that really stood out with dark gloves and hat by Philip Sommerville.