Despite her absence, the royal garden parties usually hosted by the Queen are set to go ahead regardless – including one today
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The Queen surprised the nation when she made a shocked appearance at Paddington Station this week to acknowledge the new Elizabeth Line named in her honour.
The visit to officially open the new TfL line came as such a surprise due to the long list of events the Queen has been unable to attend in recent weeks, with episodic mobility issues cited as the reason for her absence.
It is traditional for the Queen to host three garden parties a year at Buckingham Palace and one at Hollyrood House in Scotland.
The traditional summer garden parties haven’t been held for three years because of the pandemic.
Who filled in for the Queen at the first Royal Garden Party?
The first garden party back since the pandemic saw the Queen replaced by Prince Charles and Camilla.
The Queen was absent from the event on Wednesday May 11, but fortunately her son and his wife were on hand to step in.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were joined by Anne, the Princess Royal.
The Duke of Kent was also in attendance, along with around 8,000 guests for the first party at the palace since 2019.
Classically British, the party was a washout, and organizers and attendees will be hoping for some better luck for the remainder of the royal party events this summer.
Who will be standing in at the next garden party?
It is understood the Cambridges will be standing in at the garden party today, May 18, but this has not been confirmed.
With Camilla and Charles heading to Canada it is possible William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, could be on hand to step in.
It remains to be seen for certain who will step in her place for the upcoming events.
When are the next Royal Garden Parties?
The next royal garden party is set to take place today (May 18), with each event of the summer being held on a Wednesday.
This will be followed by a party the following Wednesday on May 25.
The party at Hollyrood is set to take place on June 29.
Will the Queen be at any of the upcoming Royal Garden Parties?
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It appears that the Queen will not be making a return for the remaining garden parties after Buckingham Palace issued a statement at the beginning of May announcing that Her Majesty would be absent for all of this year’s festivities.
The parties, which are held to honor guests who have made outstanding contributions to Britain’s communities, were deemed unsuitable for the Queen, given the long period of time she would normally have to stand to greet the guests as she walks along lines of them
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.