Queen's Garden Party

July 8th 2008






Despite approaching grey skies in the distance, the Monarch's see-through brolly remained unopened by her side, redundant as she mingled with invited guests. Some 8,000 turned out in their finery for the occasion - the first of three to be staged at the Queen's London residence. Dressed in a dark lilac jacket offset by an electric blue-rimmed hat, the Queen stood on the steps of the Palace as the band announced her arrival with the national anthem.She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of York and Princess Alexander, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy.

from the next day's Telegraph

Thanks to the Rev'd Angela Dugdale who persuaded the Lord Chamberlain to agree, Val and her daughter Sue were guests at the Royal Garden Party on 8th July !!
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(you can read the beginning of my description of it here)

From the Telegraph Newspaper:

As the guests lined the grounds in orderly fashion, the royal couple walked down among them, stopping to speak to selected guests. Harry Smith, a 23-year-old student invited through his work with the organisation Skills UK, was one of those lucky enough to chat to the monarch. He said: "It was quite daunting, I didn't know I was going to be in the line up until this morning."
Jenny Hinks, a 50-year-old member of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service, described meeting the Queen as "wonderful".
"It is something I will remember forever - I will never forget this. My street cred has gone up," she added.

David Kerr, who has just completed 50 years with the ambulance service, was equally thrilled to meet the Queen. He said: "I can retire now that I have met her."

With so many eager to meet her, it took the Queen the best part of an hour before she arrived at the tea tent for a well-deserved brew.

The parties are attended by everyone from diplomats to dinner ladies.

During the Queen's reign, more than 1.1 million people have attended garden parties at the London address or at the Palace of Holyroodhouse - her official residence in Scotland.

At a typical event, guests consume more than 27,000 cups of tea, as well as more than 20,000 sandwiches and a similar number of slices of cake.

The tradition of throwing open the royal residences dates back to the 1860s, when Queen Victoria held what was known as afternoon "breakfasts".


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