The King is to stage three coronation garden parties at royal palaces in celebration of his and the Queen Consort’s crowning, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Thousands of guests will gather on the lawns of Buckingham Palace on May 3, three days before the historic ceremony in Westminster Abbey, and again on May 9 – three days after the big day.
Another garden party will be hosted at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on July 4 during Holyrood Week.
Many of the 500 Coronation Champions, recognised for their volunteering by the Royal Voluntary Service of which Camilla is patron, have been invited to the garden parties, as well as one of the official coronation festivities.
The King has also given permission for two additional garden parties.
The tri-service charity provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for ex-service men and women with disabilities or illness and serving personnel who are wounded, injured or sick.
And on May 24, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will host The Royal Kennel Club garden party to mark the charity’s 150th anniversary.
The Royal Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training and Elizabeth II, known for her love of dogs especially corgis, was patron for 70 years.
More than 8,000 guests usually attend each traditional garden party.
Yeomen of the Guard, dressed in their red and gold ceremonial costumes, form part of the proceedings, and guests are free to stroll around the vast expanse of the gardens while a military band plays background music.
Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s when Queen Victoria began what were known as “breakfasts”, although they took place in the afternoon.
Guests also queue in tea tents and take their seats on nearby chairs, and around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed at each party.