There's cake so it must be garden party season - Buckingham Palace opens its doors for the summer
Summer must be on its way, the first Buckingham Palace Garden Party of the season has taken place. The Queen welcomed 8,000 people to her London home this afternoon for tea and cakes in a sign that the sunniest season of the year is almost here. Settle back and enjoy the pictures from a right royal summer tradition.
Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Princess Beatrice of York, the Queen hosted thousands in an event that's become a traditional way of recognising and thanking people from across the country for their contributions to community and social life.
Today The Queen, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted a Garden Party at #BuckinghamPalace - accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Their Royal Highnesses met some of today's 8,000 guests who were invited into the Palace. Guests were treated to tea, cakes and sandwiches in recognition for the positive impact they have had in their communities. @theroyalfamily #gardenparty
Military bands play a selection of music throughout the afternoon, including The National Anthem at the start and end of the party. pic.twitter.com/vB6HacL9Mn— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 16, 2017
Queen Victoria 1st instituted Garden Parties, known as "breakfasts", until they evolved into those The Queen hosts today. #BuckinghamPalace pic.twitter.com/de04Nc77qF— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 16, 2017
The parties began in the 1860s in the reign of Queen Victoria. The present Queen has been involved in changing them into the celebration and recognition they are today.
Two more parties will take place in London this year and another at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.