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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Queen Elizabeth II's Garden Party...Now and in 2003

Today Queen Elizabeth II hosted her first of 3 annual garden parties this year. The garden parties and is one of the Queen's tools to honor folks and fulfill returns in social obligations at Buckingham Palace, London. Those invited can find themselves rubbing shoulders with about 800 heads of state, veterans of conflicts the UK has taken part in, OBEs, CBE, celebrities and politicians as well as members of the public who have distinguished themselves in a way that has brought them to the notice of those who send suggestions to the Queen's office.

This is a video from the Monarchy channel at YouTube about garden parties I found:

In 2003, my now deceased brother in law, Dennis Cox was invited because of having been a World War II veteran and distinguished himself serving in the far east (although the way he told it, the only thing he had accomplished was avoiding eating anything but fish and chips or sausages and mash for 3 years in the orient). He reported being as close as 4 feet from Queen Elizabeth and having been very touched to see her chatting from soldiers just returned from battle. The weather was mild and there was no rain.

I found this list of what was served at the garden party that year:

27,000 cups of tea
10,000 glasses of iced coffee
10,000 glasses of juice
20,000 assorted tea sandwiches
5,000 bridge rolls
9,000 savory canapes
9,000 fruit tartlets
3,000 butter cake fingers
8,000 battenburg cakes
10,000 slices chocolate-lemon cake
4,500 slices Dundee cake
5,000 iced cake slices
3,500 slices of chocolate-jam swiss roll
100 gallons vanilla and strawberry ice cream


There is an article about the garden parties on the British Monarchy Facebook page at British Monarchy Garden Party

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