On Thursday The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, hosted a Garden Party for the ‘Not Forgotten’ Association at Buckingham Palace.
Created in 1920, the ‘Not Forgotten’ Association (NFA) is a tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation activities for wounded, injured or sick ex-service men and women of all ages.
Royal Collection photograph of wounded British and Commonwealth servicemen at a tea party in the Buckingham Palace Mews in March 1916.
The above photo gives one a glimpse into the past and continued tradition of honouring veterans.
“Records from the Royal Archives state that the soldiers who attended the tea party were brought to Buckingham Palace by bus for the occasion from nine different hospitals. The soldiers were accompanied by nurses, several of whom can be seen in the photographs. A menu for the party records that tea and cakes were provided for 750 soldiers and 100 ladies,” according to Buckingham Palace.
The NFA Garden Party takes place annually following a tradition which began during WWI, when wounded soldiers were invited to attend tea parties either at the Royal Mews or in the Garden at Buckingham Palace. The first NFA Garden Party was held in 1921, hosted by Princess Mary, as the charity’s Royal Patron.
This year the NFA Garden Party featured an exhibition from the Royal Collection highlighting the numerous ways that members of the Royal Family supported and honoured those who served in WWI, and the charitable causes with which they were involved.
Her Majesty and Prince Andrew viewed the exhibition before entering the Garden to meet veterans and guests.
Some of the items on display ranged from a flag waved by Queen Mary on Armistice Day to photos chronicling King George V and Queen Mary’s involvement in supporting the war effort.
photo credit: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
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