MEMBERS of the Royal family have always adhered to tradition when it comes to their attire – especially during ceremonial events.

But why do some royals wear a blue sash and what does this mean? Here's everything you need to know.

What does the blue sash mean on royalty?

Certain members of the royal family will wear a blue sash to symbolise their role as a member of the Order of the Garter.

It is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III in 1348.

King Edward III was so inspired by tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of honourable knights, called the Order of the Garter. 

The Order included the Queen, who was sovereign of the Garter , several senior members of the royal family, and twenty-four Knights or Ladies chosen in recognition of their work – in the past, they have included Sir Winston Churchill and Sir John Major.

Women can be members, but they are referred to as Ladies Companion while male members are called Knights Companion.

According to the royal family's website, an appointment to the Royal Victorian Order is "the personal gift of the Sovereign, this honour is awarded to those who have served The Queen or the monarchy in a particular way."

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And as the name might imply, the award was establish by Queen Victoria in 1896.

Since the passing of Queen Elizabeth, King Charles III is now the sovereign of the order.

Which royals can wear a blue sash?

Royals who are appointed at the description of the monarch can wear a blue sash – including the reigning monarch, King Charles III.

Every June, the iconic Garter Day procession takes place at Windsor Castle – where the reigning sovereign formally invests any new Companions with the Order's insignia in the Throne Room of the Castle.

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This includes, the Prince of Wales, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Kent, the Earl of Wessex and Forfar, the Duke of York, Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, and the Duke of Gloucester.

What sash did Queen Elizabeth wear?

As the Order included Queen Elizabeth she to wore a blue sash.

The ribbon used for the sashes is unique to the order, and it is the easiest way to tell orders apart.

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