Held by kind permission of HM The Queen, our annual Garden Party for War Pensioners at Buckingham Palace is one of our flagship events. It is a unique and hugely important privilege for our charity which enables some 2,000 men and women to enjoy a truly memorable afternoon, not least because many of them will meet the members of the Royal Family in attendance.

War Pensioners of all ages and from all services mix with each other, with our celebrity guests and with the service helpers, whilst enjoying the famous surroundings, the music of a military band and a delicious Palace tea.

The Garden Party fosters friendship and brings tradition, a huge amount of joy and a sense of value to the veterans; it is an experience of a lifetime for many of them and one which they will treasure for ever.

We remain indebted to HM The Queen for continuing to allow us to hold the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and deliver this unique occasion, which holds a special place within service community, on behalf of all the Armed Services, including the Merchant Navy.