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Order of the Garter service in Windsor

Members of the royal family and foreign monarchs have attended the annual Order of the Garter service in Windsor.

Wearing the lavish velvet robes, glistening insignia and plumed hats of the Order of the Garter, the Queen and the royal knights processed through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Newly invested members of the order King Felipe VI of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands - now supernumerary, or stranger knights - walked to St George's Chapel with the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of York, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex.

The Queen, who arrived by state limousine, is sovereign of the order and appoints new Knights of the Garter without consulting ministers.

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Royal Garter procession at Windsor

The annual Garter Day procession, where The Queen and the Knights process in grand velvet robes, glistening insignia and plumed hats takes place today.

The spectacle, involving the monarch and order members, takes place in the throne room of Windsor Castle.

After a lunch, all process on foot to a service in St George's Chapel.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the streets to see the parade.

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Windsor fire knowledge 'could help Notre Dame'

An architectural expert who helped restore Windsor Castle after its fire has offered to support those tasked with rebuilding Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral.

Francis Maude, director of Donald Insall Associates which co-ordinated the reconstruction of the Queen's Berkshire home after fire destroyed 115 rooms in 1992, said: "If there's a way in which we can support the work that they do, we'd be really delighted to be able to help and share our knowledge the best we can."

Mr Maude said the rebuilding of the historic French landmark, which was devastated by a fire on Monday, could be achieved.

"It's a tragedy when an event like this happens. It's an easier thing to be very downcast when you start looking at what has been lost," he said.

"But we do know, because we've seen it elsewhere, in the aftermath of wars and indeed at Windsor Castle here, that restoration is possible." He added: "The challenge is to try and retain the authenticity of the place - the historic fabric."

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