Every summer Her Majesty The Queen hosts three garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
Approximately 8,000 guests attend each one. They take place between 3pm and 6pm. HM The Queen accompanied by other members of the Royal family arrive at 4pm. Each member of the Royal Family takes a different route or position in the garden and members of the Corps of Gentlemen Ushers select random individuals for presentation. The dress is morning dress, lounge suits or uniform for gentlemen and day dress or trouser suits (usually with hats) for the ladies. National dress may be worn.
Lord-Lieutenants, together with government departments, the Civil Service, Armed Services, charities and societies, are invited to make nominations thereby achieving a representative cross-section of the community. Those invited are generally people who have served their communities or contributed a great deal to various organisations or to society.
It is not possible to acquire invitations to The Queen’s Garden Parties through direct application to Buckingham Palace.
Tea and other refreshments are served (at a typical garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed) from a 408-feet long buffet.
You can find more information on the Royal Garden Parties page on the Royal website.