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A major holiday approaching for all those of Elizabethan interest is: April 23, St. George's Day. St. George has been the patron saint of England since 1222, replacing Edward the Confessor. In 1415, April 23, the day St. George was beheaded for refusing to recant his faith, became the official national feast day for the English people. St. George is also the patron saint of soldier, archers, cavalry, chivalry, farmers and fieldworkers. His feast day was ordered to be observed like Christmas Day with much feasting and revelry.
In 1348, George was adopted by Edward III as principal Patron of his new order of chivalry, the Knights of the Garter. Some believe that the Order took its name from a pendant badge or jewel traditionally shown in depictions of Saint George. The insignia of the Order include a Collar and Badge Appendant, known as the George. The badge is of gold and presents a richly enameled representation of St George on horseback slaying the dragon. A second medal, the Lesser George, also depicting George and the dragon, is worn attached to the Sash. The objective of the Order was probably to focus the efforts of England on further Crusades to reconquer the Holy Land. St George's Chapel, Windsor, completed in stages from 1483 to 1528, has remained the official seat of the Order, where its chapters assemble. The Monarch and the Prince of Wales are always members, together with 24 others and 26 Knights.
(Some information on St. George courtesy of brittania.com)