Royal Garden Parties

Each summer, His Majesty The King holds a number of Royal Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace, and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Thousands of people from across the country and the commonwealth are invited as a way of rewarding and recognising public service.

Garden party guests on the lawn at Buckingham palace
A Buckingham Palace Garden Party

How guests are chosen

Every year the Lord-Lieutenant puts forward a limited number of names of outstanding individuals to attend a Royal Garden Party. They are people who support and enhance the life of the county by the service they have given.

His Deputy Lieutenants help him with this task. He is especially keen to recognise unsung heroes for their commitment. Guests can bring a partner, family member or friend with them.

Nominate someone for an invitation

To bring someone to the attention of the Lord-Lieutenant, contact us with their name, contact information and why they should be invited.

History of Royal Garden Parties

Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s. Queen Victoria set up what were known as ‘breakfasts’ (although they took place in the afternoon).

In the 1950s, the number of Garden Parties held at Buckingham Palace was increased from two to three a year. They took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes. They have evolved into a way of rewarding people who have made a positive contribution to their community.

Find out more about Garden Parties | The Royal Family.

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