Royal Garden Parties

Every summer, The Queen hosts at least three Royal Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Over 30,000 people attend.

Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as ‘breakfasts’ (though 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, but have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognising public service. They are attended by people from all walks of life.

Every year the Lord-Lieutenant is invited to put forward names of outstanding individuals who have done much to support and enhance the life of the County by the service they have given. In doing so he seeks the advice and support of his Deputy Lieutenants, but individuals can be brought to his attention at any time. He is especially keen to ensure that unsung heroes are recognised for their commitment. Such individuals are invited to take a partner, family member or friend to accompany them.

If you are aware of an individual and would like to bring it to the attention of the Lord-Lieutenant please email the name of the individual and why they should be invited to

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