Princess Anne and Camilla stepped out in their best attire for the Queen’s first garden party of the year this week, looking lovely and regal in beautiful dresses.
The two royals dressed to impress as they joined Prince Charles in hosting the event in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on a lovely sunny spring day.
The Princess Royal, 68, opted for a pretty blue ensemble for the party, in a knee-length dress and matching coloured jacket. Anne complimented this with a fashionable pale blue hat and navy blue gloves to keep her warm throughout the day, while she added a pop of colour with a red lip.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s only daughter accessorised with a pair of beautiful dangly pearl earrings and a pearl necklace which featured a stunning blue diamond. She was all smiles as she greeted guests at the event alongside her sister-in-law Camilla, who looked equally elegant in a white long-sleeved frock which fell gracefully to her knees.
The Duchess of Cornwall, 71, sported nude and black flats for the occasion, while she chose to keep protected from the sun with a wide brim white hat to match her beautiful dress.
The two exuded elegance as they walked down the steps towards guests alongside Charles, 70, who looked dapper in a grey suit. He sported a huge smile on his face as he greeted attendees with a black umbrella on hand just in case of rain.
The event marked the beginning of a string of garden parties set to be held at the residence over the coming weeks. They are deemed an important occasion for the royals who are given the opportunity to mingle with members of the public who have made a positive impact in their community.
At each event, around 27,000 cups of tea are served to excited guests along with 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake. While not held inside the palace, the parties are still considered quite formal with men asked to wear morning dress or lounge suits, while women are invited to wear a day dress and a hat or fascinator.
It has been a long held tradition with the royal family, with Queen Victoria hosting the first garden party in the 1860s. A post shared on Instagram by the royal family showed a portrait from one of the first events showing crowds of people gathered together in their fanciest attire.
“Garden parties have been held since the 1860s – this painting depicts Queen Victoria returning to Buckingham Palace in an open carriage pulled by grey horses,” the post read.
“Nowadays, over 30,000 people come to garden parties each year.”