The Queen wore sunglasses and carried an umbrella to the Buckingham Palace party

Jun 04, 2018
10:42 A.M.
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Queen Elizabeth II was well prepared for any change in weather when she attended her Garden Party.


The Royal Family’s official Twitter handle shared photos from the Buckingham Palace party on May 31, 2018.

The Queen hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace to recognize and reward those who make a difference in the society.

Queen Elizabeth II was dressed in her elegant best – a colorful dress and sparkly brooch, accompanied by her handbag.

However, it was two other accessories that caught everyone's attention.


Everyone is probably aware of Britain’s famously inconsistent summer weather. It could be sunny one moment but could rain the very next moment. 

That was probably the reason Queen Elizabeth decided to wear sunglasses and carry a plastic umbrella for the afternoon event.


Though unorthodox, the ensemble was just right. She was seen shielding her eyes from the sun but was prepared for a sudden shower during the party.

The Queen wore a turquoise dress, a hat, and white gloves. She sported the oval-shaped sunglasses with élan, while the umbrella she carried matched her outfit.


The 92-year-old monarch mingled with guests accompanied by her grandson, Prince William, who was seen in tails and a top hat. About 8,000 people from all walks of life were invited for tea in the gardens of the palace. 

More than 30,000 guests are entertained during such parties every year. reveals that about 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches, and 20,000 slices of cake are served at each Garden Party.

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The Queen hosts three such parties at Buckingham Palace and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland every summer. The palace has been hosting such parties since the 1860’s.

On the day of the party, palace gates open from around 3 p.m. but the party officially beings when the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and other members of the Royal family arrived at 4 p.m.

Guests get a chance to meet the Queen and other Royals and are also free to take a stroll around the gardens.