The Garden Party

Held by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, our Annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace is one of our ‘flagship’ events.

It is a great and unique privilege for the Association to be allowed to maintain such an important tradition for our beneficiaries.

More than 2,000 guests attended our 2011 Garden Party where we were honoured by the presence of our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

On a rare beautiful summer’s afternoon, HRH The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence spent more than two hours meeting many beneficiaries and serving personnel from all three services.

Guests also had the opportunity of chatting to many celebrities from the world of TV and entertainment. Those who gave up their time to attend included Kate Adie, Lynda Bellingham, Cilla Black, Tony Blackburn, Erin Boag, Patti Boulaye, Simon Callow, Dick & Dom, Anton Du Beke, Hannah Gordon, Rolf Harris, Gloria Hunniford, Sue Johnstone, Rula Lenska, Dame Vera Lynn, Jean Martyn, Debbie McGhee, Nigel Planer, Esther Rantzen, Carl Schofield, June Whitfield and Simon Williams.

Also in attendance were a group of injured Royal Marines from 40 Commando who had just completed a gruelling 150 miles row along the River Thames.

With stirring music provided by The Band of the Guards and the presence of both The Yeomen of the Guard and many servicemen and women from across the Armed Forces, our guests enjoyed a memorable and, for many, an emotional one-in-a-lifetime experience.

To see photographs of the 2011 Garden Party in our Gallery section click here

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