While Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed her time at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday, her eldest son and chief heir was getting ready to attend the new official event.
The Prince of Wales attended an Order of the Bath service at Westminster Abbey. Charles, 73, wore an elaborate red robe with gold embellishments and a long train over his military uniform.
Such a service is held every four years, it traditionally honors officers of the armed forces and civil servants.
The Most Honorary Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on May 18, 1725. The name comes from an ancient rite, when applicants were subjected to a nightly wakefulness with fasting, prayer and bathing on the eve of receiving a knighthood. In terms of seniority in the British system of awards, the order ranks fourth after the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle and the Order of St. Patrick.
The Prince of Wales serves as Grand Master of the Honorary Order of the Bath. The heir first replaced the Queen at the event in 2014 and is back at the event today on Her Majesty’s behalf.
Recall, we previously reported that the Queen for the first time in 70 years will not accept the royal salute at the Trooping the Color event, as due to problems with movement, she continues to delegate some of her duties to senior members of the royal family.