On Wednesday, Duchess Kate joined by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, enjoyed a garden party at Buckingham Palace. It comes after the Palace announced that the Queen won’t attend the royal garden party season, due to mobility issues, and be represented by other members of her family.
Earlier this month was announced that the Queen would not attend the events this year. Buckingham Palace said: “Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s garden parties, with details on attendance to be confirmed in due course.”
Prince William also couldn’t attend the event as he had been in Staffordshire earlier today unveiling a new memorial for submariners at the National Memorial Arboretum.
For the garden party, Kate wore a pink, wrap-over flared coat dress by Emilia Wickstead, a matching pair of heels and a striking fascinator with her brunette locks put up in a bun. Sophie was elegant in a white dress with a pink and purple floral pattern
Kate, Edward and Sophie were in high spirits as they put on their finest daywear and mingled with the hundreds of members of the public who were invited to the special event.
Every year, up to three garden parties take place in the Buckingham Palace Garden in London. They are a way for the monarch to celebrate and reward those who have distinguished themselves in public service.
This marks the second garden party being staged in three years following the Covid pandemic. The first party of the year, which was held last week, was hosted by Prince Charles, Camilla and Princess Anne.
The Queen welcomes over 30,000 people to spend a beautiful afternoon in her garden. At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed.