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The Pilgrim Society and the Order of the Garter (or "Knights of the Garter")' are the controlling inner-parts of the Military Order of Malta ("Knights of Malta", or "SMOM" for short). The word "Garter" can be seen as another term for "secret".

The order has over a 1000 royal members and a (claimed) maximum of 24 non-royal members, personally chosen by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who is also a member. It is awarded for 'outstanding public service and achievement'. [1]

Order of the Garter

3rd row: Lord Indg, The Duke of Abercorn, Lord Ashburton, The Register The Dean of Windsor, Sir Edmund Hillary, The prelate The Bishop of Winchester, Sir Timothy Coleman, The Secretary Hubert Chessyre, Sir William Gladstone and Sir Anthony Acland.

2nd row: Page of Honour The Honourable John Bowes-Lyon, Black Rod Sir Michael Willcocks, Sir Edward Heath, The Duke of Devonshire, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, The Duke of Wellington, The Chancellor Lord Carrington, Lord Richardson of Duntisbourne, Lord Kingsdown, Lady Thatcher, Garter Peter Gwynn-Jones, Page of Honour Lord Carnegie.

Front row: from left to right : The Duke of Grafton, The King of Spain, The Queen of Denmark, The Duke of Gloucester, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Kent, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, The Queen of the Netherlands, The King of Norway.


See: Knights_of_Malta#Order_of_the_Garter

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