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Your own Royal Garden Party

Group of 10 children with parasols in Buckingham Palace gardens
Children enjoying a garden party at Buckingham Palace ©

One of the ways the Royal Family celebrates the good work people do in their communities is by hosting huge, colourful Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace in London and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Around 8,000 people attend each these events annually.

Guests dress up in their finest outfits and enjoy walking around the gardens as they listen to brass bands, drink tea and eat cakes, tarts and sandwiches. Members of the Royal Family speak to as many people as possible.

Do you know anyone who has ever been to a Royal Garden Party at one of the Palaces?

Have a go at our Garden Party game and see if you can guess how much food is eaten by guests.

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Family enjoying a picnic in the garden at Buckingham Palace©

This summer, why not host your own Garden Party indoors or outdoors, for everyone who lives in your home? Dress up in your fanciest clothes, serve delicate sandwiches and delicious cakes, decorate your space with bright bunting, and listen to happy music.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Make some tempting treats

Use our royal recipes to make some sweet and savoury treats.

Create a hat or crown

Lots of people wear fancy hats at the Garden Party – you can make a headpiece with a difference with our nature crown activity.


Create your own beautiful bunting

Use our instruction sheet to create beautiful bunting to decorate your home or garden.

Instruction sheets

Paper bunting

Fabric bunting

Brass band at a Garden Party©

Make some music

If you play an instrument or like to sing, now is your chance to perform! If you prefer to listen to music, you could search for some tunes by brass bands – you might find some online or on CDs.

Set the scene by serving treats on your best plates and laying out a picnic blanket, or by setting up tables and chairs indoors or out. Enjoy your Garden Party!

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.