It was a lovely day for a royal gathering!
Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton and Prince William hosted the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, where the 93-year-old monarch and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in colour-coordinated pastel looks for the event.
Kate looked regal in a light pink coat dress by Alexander McQueen, which she paired with a matching Juliette Botterill fascinator and blush heels. She also donned the late Princess Diana’s pearl earrings for the occasion. Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge looked dapper in a black morning coat, gray trousers, a blue shirt and vest, burgundy tie and a top hat.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The Queen hosts Garden Parties as a way of recognising and rewarding public service. At today’s Garden Party The Duke and Duchess met Kerry Irving and his assistance dog Max. In 2006, Kerry’s car was hit by a truck, leaving him housebound with chronic neck and back pain. Kerry still suffers with the pain from his back injury, but he credits Max with helping him to get his life back on track. Kerry has since retrained as a locksmith and Max is always with him. Kerry and his wife Angela have held dog walks to give other people the chance to spend time with Max, and helped raise money for local rehoming centre, @EdenAnimalRescue.
The queen greeted guests in a baby blue coat, a floral dress, white gloves and a matching blue Rachel Trevor Morgan hat. Her Majesty couldn’t have been happier that the clouds went away and no rain came down on her guests, telling Victoria English, a teacher from Wales, “Well, you do rather hope the sun shines when you invite 8,000 people to have tea on your lawn. It can be a bit of a worry.”
The royal garden parties recognize and reward public service and are held about three times a year.
The day before, Kate gave the queen a tour of her Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. The mother of three introduced the queen to some features of the facility, which she helped to design to inspire children, families and communities to get outside and enjoy the benefits that nature has on people’s physical and mental well-being.