First Garden Party for the Duchess of Cambridge

  May 30, 2012 at 5:55 am by

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Most senior members of the Royal Family attended annual summer Garden Party at Buckingham Palace yesterday. It was the second garden party of the year, and the first one for the Duchess of Cambridge who joined other senior royals to enjoy the wonderful weather and beautiful grounds of the palace.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra, for tea and cakes with 8,000 guests within the grounds of the royal residence.

As the band finished playing National Anthem, applause broke out; the royals then made their way towards their guests and spent hours talking to them. While it was a relaxed event, one royal could be excused for feeling slightly nervous; this was the first garden party for the Duchess of Cambridge. She attended it without her husband who remained at RAF Valley on Anglesey where he is a search and rescue pilot.

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent almost an hour chatting to some of guests and revealed she has already picked up some Welsh words. Royal Navy Lieutenant Warren Haynes said:  “She said how much she loves living in Wales and had picked up a few Welsh words. She’d learnt “araf” which means slow and “heddlu”, meaning police. She was very confident, beautiful and elegant.” According to another guest, Catherine also appeared to be quite amused to hear about official statistics produced by Buckingham Palace showing that each average guest eats 14 cakes and sandwiches.  “Gosh, no, really? Well, I had better see what I can do about that,” she joked.

The outfit the Duchess of Cambridge wore generated a lot of interest; she was in the same £1.300 bespoke Emilia Wickstead dress she had worn to a Jubilee Lunch with Monarchs on May 18, teaming it with a Jane Corbett hat and her favourite LK Bennett heels. Other royal ladies also received favourable fashion comments for their recycled outfits. The Queen wore a lilac and white floral silk dress by Peter Enrione, with matching hat by Angela Kelly. The Duchess of Cornwall, meanwhile, chose the hat she had worn for her wedding in 2005, teaming it with one of her favourite white dresses.

Every summer, The Queen hosts at least three garden parties at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Over 30,000 people attend the events. Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria started the tradition of “breakfasts” (as they were known back then, despite the fact they took place in the afternoon).

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