Queen Elizabeth II held her second Royal Garden Party for the year and entertained thousands of quests on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2011 in London, England.
The Queen wore a lovely lemon yellow coat over a sage, cream and pink floral dress, topped by a lemon yellow hat with complementary pink feathers and yellow rosebuds. Accompanying her was husband Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh in his grey mourning suit with a cheery red pocket kerchief.
Queen Elizabeth has been maintaining the garden party tradition that began with Queen Victoria in 1860.
Every year Queen Elizabeth II opens the private gardens at Buckingham Palace to host her three afternoon tea parties, each attended by 8,000 guests.
The invitations are sent to people either directly or on the recommendation of a royal approved sponsor. Names of invitees must be submitted by a pre-arranged quota list and it’s not possible to request an invitation for oneself.
There is also a dress code for the Queen’s tea party that requires that men wear morning dress, a suit, uniform, or national costume. Ladies wear an afternoon dress, usually with a hat and gloves or national costume.
Buckingham Palace gates open at 3:00 p.m., allowing guests to roam the Royal Gardens, which are not normally open to the public.
Then at 4:00 p.m. the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh enter with members of the Royal Family, as one of two bands plays the National Anthem. Taking different routes, each royal circulates amongst the guests.
High-ranking officials, dignitaries, and special guests proceed to the Royal tent to join the Royal Family for afternoon tea, while the remaining guests are served tea from a 408-foot long buffet table.
At 6:00 p.m., the Queen and Royal Family depart for the Palace and once again the National Anthem is played to indicate that the tea party has ended.
Here are some statistics for the Queen’s garden parties, courtesy of Buckingham Palace, based on the attendance of 8,000 people:
20,000 various tea sandwiches
5,000 bridge rolls
9,000 butter drop scones
9,000 fruit tartlets
3,000 butter cake fingers
8,000 slices of chocolate/lemon cake
4,500 slices of Dundee cake
4,500 slices of Majorca cake
3,500 slices of chocolate/jam Swiss roll
27,000 cups of Maison Lyons tea, made especially by Twinings for the Buckingham Palace Garden Parties. It is a blend of Darjeeling and Assam leaves which imparts a flavor of peaches or Muscat grapes.
10,000 glasses of iced coffee
20,000 glasses of fruit squash
12,000 tea cups and saucers
10,000 tea plates
408-foot buffet table
400 waiting staff and 30 management
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