For the royal family’s first garden party at Buckingham Palace since 2019, Kate Middleton made sure to wear most seasonal attire.
For the event on Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a coral blazer dress with an A-line skirt by Emilia Wickstead, a dress she also owns in powder blue, complemented by a matching pair of Emmy London heels. She finished off the look with a vintage Josef clutch, pink morganite cushion drops by Kiki McDonough, and a Jane Taylor coin swirl fascinator. Kate also previously wore this bright pink hat to Trooping the Colour in 2017.
The royal was joined at the garden party by Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Queen Elizabeth‘s cousin Princess Alexandra. Her husband, Prince William, was unable to attend as he was scheduled to appear at the Dedication of the Submariner Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. Kate and the rest of the family then proceeded to welcome a few of the thousands of guests invited to the palace grounds in recognition of their acts of public service.
Buckingham Palace’s annual summer garden parties have long been a tradition, dating back to the 1860s. After previously having to cancel both the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to the pandemic, this year, not only will three garden parties be held at Buckingham Palace in May, but one will also be hosted at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in June and the Queen gave permission for The Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party to be hosted by their patron Princess Anne on May 12 as well. The event is used as a way for the monarch to honor those who have done great public goods for the UK. Guests are also invited to partake in tea and cake while mixing and mingling with the royals. In fact, per the royal family’s website, somewhere around 27,000 cups of tea are served and 20,000 slices of cakes are eaten every year.
Traditionally, the party is also attended by Queen Elizabeth. However, the monarch announced earlier this month that she will no longer be able to attend as she has been forced to pull out of multiple royal engagements recently due to ongoing mobility issues.
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