Apparently data doesn’t lie, and for a few years now, much of our traffic to this site has been about events Royals go to each year! This came about due to us posting about attending the Queen’s Garden Party in 2018 and well, the Royals have been popular on here ever since.
Our YouTube community asked us to share what we know about events the British Royal Family attends each year. As you can imagine, they have a busy schedule, participating in a series of grandiose, time-honoured events that exemplify the cultural richness and traditions of the United Kingdom. So, here we delve into a few significant gatherings that Royals attend annually, offering a glimpse into their world of splendour and custom.
Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour is a spectacular display of military tradition and pageantry, marking the Monarch’s official birthday with immaculate precision. Held every June, it’s attended by major Royal Family members. They appear on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to witness the RAF flypast.
Hundreds of officers, horses, and musicians journey from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade. Anyone can attend, amidst thousands of others. It offers a glimpse of the Royal Family in regalia, showcasing a quintessentially British event. It embodies unity, history, and national pride, making it a favourite annual spectacle of ours :)
The Royal Ascot is a marquee event in the British flat racing calendar. The King and other Royals attend this splendid five-day event annually, arriving in horse-drawn carriages. It combines high fashion, gourmet dining, and thrilling horse races, providing a mesmerising experience.
The Royal Enclosure is the most exclusive section, where the Royal Family mingles with guests. They enjoy the races and the social festivities. Steeped in tradition and style, this event epitomises British summertime elegance. It is eagerly awaited by horse racing and fashion enthusiasts alike.
State Opening of Parliament
The State Opening of Parliament is a formal, significant event where the Sovereign opens the new session of Parliament. It combines ceremonial splendour with legislative purpose. The main event is the King’s Speech, delivered by the Monarch in the House of Lords. It outlines the government’s agenda for the coming year.
Characterised by pomp and circumstance, this event showcases the enduring British constitutional monarchy. The colourful procession and meticulous protocol are emblematic of the UK’s rich heritage. It also underscores the Royal Family’s integral role in governmental proceedings, reflecting the nation’s political and cultural heritage.
Royal Garden Parties
The King’s Garden Parties are prestigious events held annually at Buckingham Palace during the summer. Hosted by the reigning monarch, these gatherings are a significant part of British royal tradition. They serve to recognise and honour individuals making notable societal contributions, especially in public service, community endeavours, and charity.
Guests enjoy exquisite refreshments, including tea, sandwiches, and cakes, amidst the stunning palace gardens. Royal family members mingle with attendees, expressing appreciation for their commendable work. These events symbolise the enduring connection between the monarchy and the people, fostering unity and mutual respect.
They are not just social gatherings but reflect the values and traditions integral to the UK’s cultural fabric. They celebrate the collective spirit and dedication of people striving to make a positive community impact. Here’s how to get an invite!
The Royal Variety Performance
Held annually in the United Kingdom, The Royal Variety Performance is a gala evening. It is usually attended by senior members of the Royal Family, often the reigning monarch or a close family member. This event supports the Royal Variety Charity, with the King as its Patron. The funds raised assist numerous entertainers throughout the UK. These entertainers may be experiencing old age, ill-health, or hard times.
The performance is a dazzling convergence of local and international artists. They perform in front of the Royals, merging music, dance, and comedy. It’s an evening brimming with glamour, wit, and charm, and it reflects the diverse spectrum of the arts. Moreover, it holds a distinctive position in the Royal calendar, symbolising a rich tapestry of cultural expression.
The Wimbledon Championships is the world’s oldest tennis tournament and a staple in the Royal calendar. The Royal Box on Centre Court has long been a host to the Royal Family, providing them with an optimal view of the action. The Duchess of Cambridge, a tennis enthusiast, is frequently spotted at the matches, embodying elegance and style.
Wimbledon transcends being merely a sports event; it’s a celebration of enduring tradition. It displays remarkable talent, sportsmanship, and a competitive spirit under the watchful eyes of the Royals. The iconic strawberries-and-cream, the pristine lawns, and the exhilarating matches render it a beloved summer event for the Royals and the public alike.
The Royal events are an integral part of British culture, symbolising tradition, continuity, and the enduring influence of the monarchy. Each event, in its unique way, reinforces a connection between the Royals and the public – we enjoy the shared heritage on display and the buzz of excitement surrounding these engagements, particularly pertinent when you’re living in London. Whether it’s the exquisite elegance of Ascot, the meticulous ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament, or the lively entertainment of the Royal Variety Performance, each occasion offers a glimpse into the world of Royal traditions and the enduring allure of the British monarchy.
If you’re obsessed with The Crown like we are, then you’ll be excited for King Charles III coronation in London! Whether you’re a Royalist or not, it’s difficult to underplay the significance of this event. The British Monarchy has survived while so many other hugely important dynasties of the past have crumbled. And of course, we’ve not seen anything of this magnitude since 1953 when Queen Elizabeth took the crown.
The history of it all is intriguing, and we get to live it in 2023!
King Charles III coronation in London
We’ve been lucky enough to be in London for the two Royal weddings that took place over the past ten years. Not only is this city full of extraordinary energy, but adding a celebratory Royal event makes it a city-wide party! With the King’s coronation, the wonderful three-day affair, Londoners are preparing for a grand celebration.
To help you get in on the action, we’ve pulled together the top five ways Londoners will be celebrating as King Charles III officially takes the crown. The streets will be lined with Union Jack flags and the sounds of fanfare music will fill the air. Secondly, public viewing screens will be erected across the city, giving everyone a chance to watch the historic moment. Street parties will take place across the city, with communities coming together to celebrate – read more about this below. Also, museums and galleries will hold exhibitions and events to commemorate the occasion. Of course, the city’s restaurants and bars will be offering special menus and drinks, so be sure to indulge in some of the culinary delights on offer.
How Londoners will celebrate the coronation in 2023
1. We will line the streets to see the coronation procession!
On the morning of 6 May, the King and Queen Consort will depart Buckingham Palace and travel to Westminster Abbey. The coronation church since 1066, the Abbey is over 1,000 years old. Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather along the route and throughout St James Park to witness this historic moment. A procession will occur before and after the coronation service, as they return to the Palace.
To learn more about the coronation long weekend, the procession, and other future royal events, visit royal.uk.
Obviously you can still enjoy these locations if you’re in London in the future. Indeed you can visit both Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey for a fee. Reservations are required to join a tour when available. More information can be found online by searching for the place you wish to visit.
St James Park is among the eight magnificent royal parks in London and is situated adjacent to Buckingham Palace. It is free to explore. To learn more, visit here.
2. Party with the people and ‘The Big Lunch’
Across the long weekend, everyone in the UK is invited to bring their neighbours and community together. We can host street parties or set up our own Big Lunch. At the time of publishing, over 7,000 parties have been registered across the country!
Furthermore, we know that when these events take place, there is a happy air about the place. People really do get together to celebrate, creating a sense of togetherness that is unparalleled. It’s amazing! In fact, this is a moment in history that people here will remember for our whole lives.
In case you miss the street parties, there are other ways to enjoy the festivities. For instance, the pub culture in England is something altogether unique! You can book a spot at your favourite pub or restaurant and enjoy the celebrations with your friends and family. This is how we celebrated Harry and Meghan’s wedding, at one of our fave London pubs, The Narrowboat.
Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to iconic landmarks. Not only are many steeped in Royal history, like the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, but there are also year-long activities being held at many famous places around London to mark the coronation.
On the coronation long weekend, many Londoners will visit somewhere like Hampton Court to enjoy garden parties and celebrations on the property’s beautiful grounds. Additionally, Windsor Castle will play host to a huge concert on Sunday 8 March. Furthermore, a lottery was run via the BBC and 10,000 lucky people have scored free tickets to this momentous show.
For anyone coming to London in the future, a little tip is to check out the Historic Royal Palaces site to see if a membership might save you some money on entry fees. Moreover, the HRP pass grants access (and sometimes special privileges) to a number of sites, including Hampton Court, the Tower of London, and Kensington Palace. To find out more, visit their website.
4. Be of service – volunteering, The Big Help Out
King Charles is patron of over 400 charitable organisations. It’s no surprise that as part of the celebrations, we are encouraged to give back too. On Bank Holiday Monday a nation-wide initiative The Big Help Out will take place. Over 1,500 organisation are registered. We can pop our postcode into The Big Help Out app to find out how to help out in our area.
It’s a positive way to make a difference, mark this momentous occasion and make new friends.
If you’re not here for the coronation long weekend, there are always plenty of ways you can get involved in the community. Start by getting in touch with a cause that means something to you. Or, there are often plenty of opportunities to support some of the historic properties around London and the UK. Take your pick.
5. Celebrate with fashion
All eyes will be on the Royals across the entire weekend, and keen note will be taken of what they’re wearing. You may have heard that there are rules around what is appropriate or not. Here’s some background that pertains to the Royal Garden Party attire.
Furthermore, many people will flock to the special 2023 Kensington Palace exhibition, From Crown to Couture for inspiration. Dubbed “the fashion exhibition of the centuries”, it features over 200 pieces from across history and the world – from Charles II to Lizzo and Lady Gaga!
In addition to the coronation weekend showcase, the exhibition runs from April to October 2023, providing ample time for visitors to marvel at the collection. Moreover, Kensington Palace is always worth a visit, with a revolving door of exhibitions every year, so if you miss this one, don’t worry. The area is also brimming with fun activities, food and shopping, all of which you can read more about here.
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I’m not going to lie: I’m into all things ‘Royal’, and having the chance to attend a Royal Garden Party back in 2019 was a privilege and an honour.
We have a lot of traffic on this site to posts about the garden parties held at Buckingham Palace and similar venues. A question we’re asked quite a bit about is what’s the deal with Royal Garden Party attire? How should a guest approach styling for such an event?
Now that the future of the Royal Garden Parties under King Charles has been confirmed, people around the UK and Commonwealth have started receiving invitations! Exciting :)
Here’s what you need to know about the fashion dos and don’ts!
Royal Garden Party attire – what to wear to a palace
If you have been invited to a royal garden party, there is typically a specific dress code that you should follow. The dress code for a royal garden party is formal, but not as formal as a black-tie event.
Guidelines we adhered to:
A formal day dress, cocktail dress or a skirt and blouse is appropriate.
The dress or skirt should not be too short.
Avoid showing too much skin, so a sleeveless or off-the-shoulder dress is best avoided unless you’re balancing up your style in different ways. That said, over the past two years, ‘cut outs’ have been in fashion, so use your best judgement – if in doubt, don’t.
Hats or fascinators are traditionally worn, but it’s not mandatory.
A suit or a blazer and trousers with a tie is appropriate.
It’s recommended to wear a light-coloured suit, such as grey or beige.
A morning coat or tailcoat is also acceptable if you have one.
Top hats are typically worn but it’s not mandatory.
Here’s how we addressedit:
Wear comfortable shoes because it is a garden party, and you will be walking on grass. I wore low chunky heels which worked out well as the grass was a bit wet and soggy. Even the Royals can’t control the weather.
Speaking of, keep an eye on the temperatures. While England is generally cool, occasionally summer days can be extremely hot. If you strike one of those days for your visit, you’ll want to keep cool as well as classy.
Avoid wearing anything too casual or too flashy. Elegant is the way to go.
Many people stick to conservative colours, such as navy, black, beige, or grey, but if you can pull of classic red, blue or green, go for it – just keep it stylish and classy.
Overall, the dress code for a royal garden party is formal and traditional, but not as strict as a black-tie event. It’s important to dress respectfully and conservatively while still maintaining a sense of style and elegance.
Royal Garden Parties: a special and rare affair
Our Royal Garden Party experience was truly exceptional.
With so many beautiful sites to visit, days out in Oxfordshire are becoming increasingly popular with all sorts of visitors. Around 41.7 million tourists are estimated to have visited the UK in 2018. Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the aesthetics of Oxfordshire. Many want to see the architecture in the historic university buildings. After spotting famous landmarks, they’ll seek a picturesque picnic spot overlooking the Thames for a relaxing afternoon out.
We’ve published details on London staycations before. But what about getting just out of the big city? Here are four of the best destinations for enjoying days out in Oxfordshire…
Where to go on days out in Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Built between 1705 and 1722, Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is the only non-royal house in England to be called a ‘palace’. Blenheim is an imposing building, certainly worthy of its title. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Blenheim is now home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family. It’s best known as the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Several tours and exhibitions dedicated to the home life and work of the former Prime Minister are hosted here.
The palace staterooms, gardens, butterfly house and miniature railway provide further fun for all ages. Special events like cycling and supercar exhibitions are also held throughout the year within the estate’s 2,000 acres of parkland.
Broughton Castle near Banbury is a fortified manor house set within an idyllic parkland location. The core of this impressive building was initially crafted from locally sourced Horton ironstone in 1306 with additions being made in the 1550s.
Inside the castle, you will find fully furnished living quarters in addition to the impressive great hall.
Outside, the colourful castle gardens have been stylistically designed with benches conveniently placed for relaxation.
Located at the junction of three streams and with a surrounding moat, the stunning grounds of Broughton Castle make an ideal spot for a family picnic. Alternatively, take advantage of the on-site tearoom and gift shop.
A summary of beautiful locations wouldn’t be complete without featuring the city of Oxford itself.
Famed for its ornate university buildings, the colleges here provide an architectural feast for the eyes.
Christchurch is arguably the most popular college to visit. This castle-like building comes with its own cathedral and has featured on-screen in films such as Harry Potter.
The striking red brickwork of Lady Margaret College is another draw for visitors, along with the neo-classical style Radcliffe Camera building.
There’s an energy in the air in London. Even people who claimed to not care too much about the impending nuptials now aren’t denying there’s electricity around…. a spring in everyone’s step… a little excitement, and a load of Facebook and Twitter updates!
Of course there are a few sad Sam’s, but everyone else can’t help but notice the thousands of media who have descended on the Capital, the special upbeat play-lists all the radio stations are pumping out, endless pub events and club line-ups that are being promoted… it’s turning out to be one big Cool Britannia party, and we’re all invited!
Evidently even the anti-monarchy sentiment in Australia has recently been at its LOWEST in decades. Yep, Kate and Wills (or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as we’ll officially call them in under 24 hours) are well-liked, and most of the world is loving the positive news story.
Even when we were in America last week the hype was high – it’s a big story, but it’s a popular story.
At work we fell into the inevitable ‘Diana’ conversation, and how we reckon she’d love Kate.
Apparently there are some hardcore Diana-ists threatening to boycott the wedding and cause dramas… a note, if you ‘support’ Diana, you’d leave her poor son alone.
He’s been through enough, but now, a happy ending? We can only hope so.
I’ve bought my merchandise, street party outfit, special t-shirt for Cooper… even got my hands on the limited edition Oyster (London travel) Card as a collectable memento for my mum back at home.
I’m super excited about the big party around this amazing city. I’m fortunate to be here for such a historical and hopefully happy event.
Cheers Kate and Wills! Good on you for being the charming couple that everyone likes. Now, off to join the thousands out in the street… see you on TV 😉
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