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King Charles III

King Charles and Queen Camilla host garden party for creatives

King Charles greets guests with a tap of his top hat at a Buckingham Palace garden party for creatives.

After attending a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, King Charles and Queen Camilla returned to Buckingham Palace to host another garden party.

The King and Queen were joined by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Gloucester at the Creative Industries Garden Party. The senior royals met and mingled with 4,000 guests in the Buckingham Palace Gardens with some sunny weather. 

This group of guests was chosen for the contributions to and activities in the arts, heritage, music, fashion, broadcasting, and film.

The King met with several notable figures including presenter Louis Theroux, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and filmmaker Ridley Scott. 

Love Island host Maya Jama asked His Majesty if he watches the reality dating show, making the Monarch chuckle after revealing her future plans: “I’m just about to go to Spain to film some young people snog someone.”

The tradition of the Royal Family hosting garden parties dates back to the 1860s when Queen Victoria began inviting people to the palace for an afternoon of mingling and tea. 

In the late 1950s, the Royal Family shifted to hosting garden parties once presentation parties for debutantes were no longer given. Garden parties have allowed the Royal Family to meet upwards of 30,000 people each summer at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

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