Major General Sir Michael Hobbs, born 28th February 1937, was educated at Eton College and went on to serve with the Grenadier Guards between 1956 and 1980. Serving on the Directing Staff of Staff College between 1974-77 he has had an extensive and illustrious career in the military. He joined the Ministry of Defence in 1980 and subsequently became Commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade between 1982 and 1984 and the 4th Armoured division from 1985 - 1987
Sir Michael has also held the positions of both Director of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award between 1988 and 1998 and a Director of the Outward Bound Trust since 1995.
Sir Michael has been the Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor since 2000. The Knights claim to be the oldest military establishment in the army list and were formed by Edward III shortly after the Battle of Creçy. During the Garter Ceremony the Military Knights head this very colourful procession through the Castle precincts and into St George's Chapel, the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter. On average, the Knights are on parade approximately 52 times in the year.