On 10th of May 2016 attended the Queen’s Garden Party. My husband and I were given the opportunity to attend the Royal Garden Party, especially so in this year of the Queen’s 90th birthday. My little boy said we were very lucky! We arrived at Buckingham Palace before 3pm the queue wasn’t long walked through the Grand Hall of the Palace, out onto the terrace, and enjoyed looking around the gardens for an hour.
Nearly 8,000 guests gathered on the lawns of Buckingham Palace as the Queen arrived to the National Anthem. Despite the rain the Queen and Prince Philip chatted to a number of guests before taking tea in the Royal Tent. Other members of the royal family who attended included The Duke of York, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.
The very British weather did not dampen guests’ spirits, and people from all walks of life mingled in very good humour, many taking the opportunity to explore the 40-acre Palace gardens that normally remain hidden to members of the public, whilst others enjoyed their royal afternoon tea accompanied by an eclectic variety of music played by two military bands.
As you might imagine, everything was expertly managed by Palace staff, not least the 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake that are served by around 400 staff!”
Garden parties go a long way did exist in Queen Victoria’s time, but, despite being held in the afternoon, were called ‘Breakfasts’ and only the nobility and officials were invited. When the present Queen came to the throne in 1952, eligible young ladies were presented at Court, as they had been for years. In 1958, these presentations were abolished.
No doubt a very special event for us both to remember!