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Queen attends Order of the Bath
The Queen arrives at Westminster Abbey
The Queen has not attended the service for eight years
The Queen has joined the Prince of Wales in taking part in the traditional Order of the Bath honours ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

She joined a procession through the Lady Chapel of King Henry VII for the service which sees Knights Grand Cross installed there.

She last took part in the 281-year-old service eight years ago.

She watched as Prince Charles, the Order's Great Master, seated Knights in stalls at the chapel.

A total of 34 senior Knights Grand Cross have stalls in the chapel while others can wait for years to occupy spaces before they become available.

The Act of Installation was carried out by Charles who seated the Knights in their stalls before they bowed to him.


Among the seven installed on Wednesday was Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Craig of Radley, made a Knight Grand Cross in 1984.

The others installed were Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidi, General Sir George Cooper, General Sir Michael Gow, Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Kennedy, Field Marshal Sir John Stanier and Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry.

And there was a posthumous installation for the late General Sir Roland Guy who died in February.

Earlier, the Queen joined the prince in a slow and solemn procession through the chapel.

The ceremony celebrated one of the oldest orders of chivalry, which represents some of the highest ranks in the military.

The Order of the Bath began in medieval times with candidates being given the honour if they could prove they had cleaned their inner soul.

It was revived by George I in 1726 as a military order.

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