Kingsman made Knight of the Garter

Lord Phillips

Kingsman Lord Phillips has been made a Knight of the Garter, the country's highest order of chivalry. Lord Phillips is President of the Supreme Court and has had a long and distinguished career in law.

He was born Nicholas Addison Phillips in 1938 and came to King's in 1958. He graduated in 1962 (having switched from Economics to Law) and was called to the bar at the Middle Temple. He was made a QC in 1978 and in 1987 he became a High Court judge and presided over some of the famous legal cases of the time, including the Maxwell pension fund fraud trial.

In 2000 he was appointed Master of the Rolls and conducted an inquiry into the BSE outbreak across Britain. He has been President of the Supreme Court since 2009.

He now becomes a member of a very small group of dignitaries. The Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III in 1348 and is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four members.

New appointments to the Order are announced on St George's Day (23 April) and the installation of new members takes place on the Monday of Royal Ascot week. This year it that will be 13 June.

The Queen will formally invest Lord Phillips in the Throne Room at Windsor on that date, and a service in St George's Chapel will follow the ceremony.

18 May 2011