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Dedicated to the Coldstream Guards.

Dedicated to the Coldstream Guards.

It was the “annual procession of Knights of the Garter… through the grounds of Windsor Castle” yesterday [or so The Times informs me; there’s a lovely photograph of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on page 13] and it remembered me of this hassock from St. Mary’s Church in Beverley. This Star of the Order of the Garter (shown here upside down) is not only worn by members of Britain’s oldest and most senior order of chivalry, but is also the cap badge of The Coldstream Guards who stand “second to none” in the British Army. This hassock must have been stitched by an old Guardsman or, more likely, the wife of one.

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