The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, was the highest order of chivalry and the most prestigious honour in England, and is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint. It was awarded at the Sovereign's pleasure as a personal gift, on recipients from England.
The order's emblem, depicted on insignia, is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Middle French: "shame on him who thinks evil of it") in gold lettering. Members of the order wear their garters on ceremonial occasions.
Francis I King of France was a recipient of England's highest order of chivalry and the most prestigious honour.