Buckingham Palace garden party – how do you get invited? Strict rules as Queen pulls out

Every year, guests are invited to join senior members of the Royal Family in the stunning Buckingham Palace gardens; here’s how you could secure an invitation

The Queen will not be hosting her annual garden parties this year, but thousands of guests will still attend the Buckingham Palace parties

The Queen’s annual garden parties are some of the most highly anticipated events in the royal calendar, and the garden party season for 2022 has officially begun.

Unfortunately, the Queen will not be hosting the parties this year due to her mobility issues, but other members of the Royal Family will be standing in for her, with Charles and Camilla hosting the first party of the season last week.

Today, the second garden party of the year will be taking place at Buckingham Palace, with gates opening to the stunning gardens at around 3pm.

Every year, senior members of the Royal Family attend the prestigious parties, but you don’t need to be a royal to attend, with many members of the public also receiving invites.

Here’s everything you need to know about how you can secure an invite to a royal garden party.

How do you get an invite to the Queen’s garden parties?

Members of the public are able to greet senior members of the Royal Family at the annual garden parties


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Every year, the Queen welcomes more than 30,000 guests to her garden parties.

When the royal garden parties were first held during the reign of Queen Victoria, only members of high society were invited to the exclusive affair, but the modern-day garden parties have evolved into an opportunity to recognize public service and celebrate people who’ve made a positive impact in their community.

Those in the UK who wish to attend a garden party cannot apply to Buckingham Palace directly, instead, the Palace uses a “long-established network of sponsors” to invite guests.

So, to receive an invitation you’ll need to do some networking. Sponsors who invite offers include Lord-Lieutenants, government departments, local governments, societies and associations, the services, the Church and other faiths.

However, there is a way to apply for an invite if you live outside the UK. Each year a number of invitations are often allocated to countries within the Commonwealth, including Australia and New Zealand.

If you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen then you can actually apply for an invite to the Queen’s garden parties through the New Zealand High Commission or the Australian High Commission websites.

Unfortunately, no invitations have been allocated to New Zealand or Australia for the 2022 garden parties.

Requirements to be invited to a royal garden party

8,000 guests attend each party, but there are certain requirements you’ll need to meet to secure an invite



To be invited to a royal garden party, you’ll also need to meet some strict requirements.

You must be over the age of 18 and cannot have attended one of the Queen’s garden parties before.

Those invited by the Palace’s network of sponsors must be British citizens who are resident in the United Kingdom.

If you are in New Zealand or Australia and are applying for one of the allocated tickets, then you must be a citizen of Australia or New Zealand.

You must also have a valid passport and a temporary visa for the UK.

Australian and New Zealand citizens who are allocated a ticket must pick it up at the relevant High Commission in London the day before the party, where you will need to show two forms of identification.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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