The Queen complained about ‘warm and impractical’ royal robes and would rather ‘plod downhill’ when wearing them

AS ROYALTY you would think ceremonial clothes would be second nature to the Queen, however she has been known to complain about their practicality.

Every year the monarch wears blue velvet robes and a wide-brimmed feathered hat to celebrate the Order of the Garter.

But with Garter Day falling in June each year, the last thing anyone would want to wear is a velvet cape, the Queen included.

Writing in her book Queen Elizabeth II's Guide to Life, Karen Doldby revealed the Queen had complained of being too warm.

Her Majesty said: “Whoever invented these robes… they’re not really very practical.

“They couldn’t have been practical even in the days when somebody wore clothes like this.”

Asked if she was warm she said: “It’s certainly warm on a June day.

“It’s always very lucky to plod downhill and not uphill.”

Garter Day celebrates celebrates the traditions and ideals associated with the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest surviving order of chivalry in the world.

The annual event celebrates the senior British order of Chivalry, which dates back to 1348.

It was set up by Edward III, with the Royal Family still marking the ceremony today.

It is said King Edward had been inspired by the tales of King Arthur when he set up the group of honourable knights and called them the Order of the Garter.

And while Knights – who can be both male and female – were previously chosen from aristocracy, members are today chosen in recognition for their public service.

Knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally.

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