The Garter Day Service at St George's Chapel is undoubtedly a great highlight in the choral year.
King Edward III founded the Most Noble Order of the Garter in 1348 and for nearly two centuries thereafter, the Sovereign and the Knights would celebrate on the days surrounding St George's Day, in mid April. The tradition was rekindled on 23rd April 1948, when King George VI once again commanded the Knights to assemble at Windsor, to commemorate the six-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Order. Since then, Garter Day has become a regular celebration in the Castle and Chapel Diaries. It is a day of great pageantry and children from the school line the route of the procession in the Lower Ward. The Choristers and Lay Clerks of the Chapel Choir lead the Garter Procession from the West Door, through the Nave and into the Quire for the service, during which they will sing a setting of the Te Deum.