Three of The Queen’s grandchildren – Prince William, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, along with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge – joined Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh for the last garden party of the year today at Buckingham Palace.
Guests from various charitable organisations and public service sectors were invited to The Queen’s back garden to celebrate their work within the community and the positive impact they have had.
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, his wife, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent were also their to support Her Majesty.
Each Royal usually takes a ‘lane’ of guests to chat to, making their way down the line, attempting to speak to as many people as possible of the 8000 invited.
Guests are entertained with a military band for short while after arriving as they enjoy special blend Buckingham Palace tea, scones, sandwiches and various cakes in a large marquee at the back of the garden.
The National Anthem is the played as the Royals stand on the terrace at the back of the Palace to begin the party.
For William, it was his first appearance at one of Buckingham Palace’s famous three tea parties each year; the last time he attended one was at Holyroodhouse in 2002. The Duchess has been to three other parties to support her grandmother-in-law; she reused the Alexander McQueen outfit she wore to Prince George’s christening for the occasion.
William and Prince Philip wore top hats and tails for the formal gathering, the standard attire. Women should wear hats.
? A selection of the cakes available to guests at today’s Garden Party pic.twitter.com/E1ZL1KaYtX
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After Her Majesty has made her way down the line of people, she joins them in the food marquee, indulging in a cup of tea and some cake. It is tea time after all!