If you have been a customer of ours for a while, you may have noticed a tea called the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Did you know that it is inspired after an actual garden party? It’s true! The Buckingham Palace Garden Party is a tea party held annually so that members of the public can be invited and have a chance to see the gorgeous gardens of Buckingham Palace. The Queen actually hosts three garden parties during the summer at Buckingham Palace and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.
Garden parties were originally presentation parties in which debutantes attended but over the years, it has evolved as a way of recognizing those in public service. This is not an ordinary event in which you pay to attend. There is not even a way to apply for attendance directly through the Buckingham Palace. Guests are usually nominated by certain people who are connected to the Queen or the Royal Family such as Lord-Lieutenants, Government, Churches, or Services. Garden Parties are a way for the Queen to speak to a range of people who come from all walks of life and making a positive impact on the community. It is a way for members of the general public to be rewarded for being good samaritans.
On the day of the garden party, the gates open at 3pm and the party officially begins when the Queen and her family arrive an hour later at 4pm. You will know she is there when you hear God Save the Queen being played by a military band. During the party, guests often consume delicious cakes, delectable sandwiches, and refreshing cups of tea while strolling and marveling at the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace. The Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh make rounds and talk to groups of people, so that they are able to mingle with everyone.
If you are lucky enough to receive an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party, one must dress for the occasion. Ladies wear dresses with a hat or a fascinator while men wear lounge suits or other casual morning wear. For those in military and other important guests wear official clothing such as uniforms. The fashion the Royal Family has worn to past garden parties have always been the talk of the town, the Queen, especially! At the 2017 Garden Party, Her Majesty wore a vibrant yellow ensemble
A Bit of History: Garden parties were being held as early as 1897!
Numbers: In just one garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches, and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed*! Can you imagine how much work must go into making so much food?