Conferring the Order of the Garter.
--The foreign news has announced that at Windsor Castle
, on the 17th ult., Victoria
invested the Duke
with the Order of the Garter.
The Prince Consort and the Prince
assisted Her Majesty in the ceremony.
A letter says:
By the Sovereign
's command, the Duke
was received at the door of the Chapter Room
by the Duke
and the Earl
of Harrowby, the two Junior Knights Companions present, and was conducted between them to the Queen
, preceded by Garter, bearing the ensigns of the Order upon a velvet cushion, and by Black Rod.--The Duke
knelt near her Majesty, and the Queen
, assisted by the Prince Consort, buckled the "Garter" on his left leg, the Chancellor
pronouncing the usual admonition.
Garter presented the Riband with the "George" appendant, and the Queen
, assisted by the Prince
, passed the same over the Duke
's left shoulder and under the right arm, the Chancellor
pronouncing the admonition.
His Grace kissed again her Majesty's hand.
having received the congratulations of the Prince Consort, the Prince
, the Duke
, &c., the Knights Companions
gave a grand dinner in the evening in the Waterloo Gallery
The knights and officers of the Order of the Garter had the honor of being invited.
The dinner was served on the service of gold plate, and on the plateau and other portions of the table were displayed a selection of the most beautiful and magnificent specimens of art and articles of vertu in gold plate in the royal collection, the candelabrum of St. George
occupying the centre.