Every summer, The Queen hosts at least three 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’. 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.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, together with other members of the Royal Family, circulate among the guests each taking a different route and random presentations are made so that everyone has an equal chance of speaking to Her Majesty and members of her family.
People are invited on the recommendation of a large number of national organisations such as the government, Lord-Lieutenants, Armed Services, charities and societies. This ensures that a representative cross-section of the community is invited and that guests are generally people who have contributed a large amount to their various organisations or society.
To nominate someone please contact the Lord Lieutenant’s Office. Information how to do this can be found here.
For more information, including how to present yourself if you have been invited, please visit The British Monarchy website.