Because it used the symbol of the Rosy Cross in its symbolism the Order of the Garter has been linked with the Rosicrucians. The Order was founded in 1348 by King Edward III of England and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Christianized version of the pagan Great Mother Goddess...many famous men who were either Rosicrucians or Masons have over the centuries been knighted as members of the Order of the Garter...One of the alleged Grand Masters of the Order, Dr. John Dee (1527-1608) became the confidant of Elizabeth I and was involved in many of the political intrigues of the sixteenth century
Expert on Egypt, Ralph Ellis has discovered that there may be good reason why the Craft Lodge of Freemasonry is known as the "Blue Lodge" and why Freemasonry have "Blue Degrees," and why it is that blue is used by the super elite order known as the Knights of the Garter, founded by king Edward III in 1348, and presently headed by the queen of England. Ellis has shown that there is a connection between the legendary St. George the dragon slayer and the god Set who also entered into combat with the serpent Apophis, using a spear to overcome his serpentine adversary. One of the meanings of the Egyptian word Set is "garter." The name also means "secret." Like the ancient worshippers of Set, and like the Egyptian nobility, the Knights of the Garter wear a blue-colored band upon their person. It is usually hidden from view, or kept "secret."
Let us say this [Order of the Garter] is not the original Order founded by the true Christian warrior, Peter Gerard, but like so many fine institutions has been taken over and destroyed from the inside, while yet appearing to the uninitiated, as still the original, fine old Order.
The Knights of the Order of the Garter are the innermost circle of public servants who have utterly betrayed the trust placed in them by their people and their nation. The Knights of the Order of the Garter acts as Queen Elizabeth's most trusted "privy council" ("private council"), which is just that. When doing research on the Order of St. John of Jerusalem some years ago, I visited Oxford to talk with one of the Masters who is a specialist on ancient and modern British traditions. He explained that the Knights of the Garter are the inner sanctum, the elite of the elite of Her Majesty's Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, with whom she shared some secrets of state and from whom she receives advice.
A creation of the officially disbanded Knights Templar was the Order of the Garter, the premier order of chivalry, created by Edward III in 1348 and still headed by the British monarch...She [the Queen] is knowingly working for the Brotherhood Agenda and the Order of the Garter is one of her premier networks. The insignia of the Order of the Garter is a jewelled collar with red roses alternating with 26 gold knots representing the 26 knights in two groups of 13.