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Garden Party at Buckingham Palace


We have been informed that Her Majesty The Queen the CLCGB Patron will give a Garden party at Buckingham Palace on, Tuesday 16th, May 2017.

CLCGB Headquarters are invited to nominate members of our organisation who we recommend for an invitation.

Nominations are required no later than 5pm on the Friday 10th February 2017 in order to allow Brigade Council to discuss the applications, as tickets are limited. We realise this is a very tight deadline but all nominations have to be registered with the Palace by Monday 15th February 2017

The nomination form is available via the CLCGB web site by using the form by clicking here or download a paper or email form by document clicking here (225 KB) and returned to the

Over the course of each year, The Queen welcomes over 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyrood  house. At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed! Garden Parties are an important way for The Queen to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.

Who is invited to a Garden Party?

Every summer, The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace, and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. Historically, Garden Parties took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes, and have evolved into a way of recognising and rewarding public service.   

Throughout the country, a long established network of sponsors is used to invite guests, who include Lord-Lieutenants, Societies and Associations, Government Departments, Local Government, the Services, the Church and other Faiths.  They nominate guests for invitation and we hope in this way to achieve a representative cross section of the community.  It is not possible to acquire invitations to The Queen's Garden Parties through direct application to Buckingham Palace. 

What happens at a Garden Party?

On the day of the Garden Party, the Palace gates are open from around 3pm. The Party officially begins when The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other Members of the Royal Family, enter the garden at 4pm, when the National Anthem is played by one of the two military bands present.

While the bands continue to play a selection of music, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh circulate among the guests through 'lanes'. Each takes a different route and random presentations are made so that everyone has an equal chance of speaking to Her Majesty and other Members of the Royal Family. The Queen then arrives at the Royal Tea Tent, where she meets further guests. Guests are free to eat, drink and stroll around the beautiful Palace gardens.

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