Though it’s only February, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have announced they will host a tea party in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on 13 May. This tea party is for the children who have a mother or father who’ve died serving their country while in the Armed Forces.
Given Princes William and Harry’s previous military service, Prince Harry’s substantial involvement with the Invictus games, along with Catherine’s recent takeover of the Royal Airforce Cadets (RAF) from the Duke of Edinburgh, this event to be hosted by the young royal trio comes as no surprise to those familiar with their public work.
Invitations will be sent out this week to children up to age eighteen. Those who attend will be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The party will feature live performances, stalls and lawn games. It will also allow the young people a chance to explore the palace grounds.
Also said to attend the event are representatives from charities that provide assistance to grieving children and other support to families who have suffered a loss. One of these charities is Child Bereavement UK. The Duke of Cambridge serves as their Royal Patron. Last month, he paid a visit to an east London bereavement centre ran by the non-profit.
Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Their Royal Highnesses have arranged the event as a way to acknowledge and honour the fact that a number of young children have had to come to terms with the loss of someone very close to them at a young age, having lost a parent in armed service to the country.
“The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry hope the event will provide an opportunity for these children to broaden their support networks amongst other families with similar experiences.”
There has been no mention of whether Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend the party with their parents and Uncle Harry. Since this event is to focus on the experiences of grieving children, many assume the two youngest Cambridges won’t be there because their attendance would detract from the other children. However, Royal Central will keep you updated on any new developments surrounding this event.