Sunday, February 10, 2008

Order of the Garters Set for New Antipodean Representative?

Former Aussie Prime Minister for Life John Winston Howard is set to wear garters, according to knowledgable types. The award is the sole preserve of Her Majesty. God Bless her Garters.

The Order of the Garter the oldest and most significant Order of Chivalry was founded by Edward III in 1348 and counts among its elite members 24 knights plus Royal knights.
I wonder if Sir John of Tooronga and Kirribilli (Has he left yet?) and Lady Hyancinth will take up residence in a castle and who will wear the garters in that family? They can spend their retirement pretending to be king and queen.

The irony is that the vacancy is that it is to replace Sir Edmund Hillary. Talk about diminishing the value of the award.

Update: Bummer for Johnnie, Wills got the nod.


Ruthie said...

Totally thought you were joking at first... then I realized it was serious.. "The Order of the Garter?"


Colin Campbell said...

Hey it was 1348 and guys wore tights and I assume garters. I imagine that was the equivalent of our ties. A little personality.

Anonymous said...

For thirty years we have had our own system of honours in Australia. Mr Howard will just have try and get by on his Gold pass and - if the Queen
of Australia sees fit - a nice sparkly AC.

If you wish to express a view you can write to HM QEII
and her Governor General in Australia, Major-General Michael Jeffrey AC

Colin Campbell said...

Unfortunately for Mr Howard he was passed up and Captain Helicopter Man, Wills got the garters.

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