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The Prince of Wales to join virtual tea party

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The Prince of Wales will join in on a virtual tea party on Sunday, 31 May. The party is in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the National Trust.

Set to start at 3 p.m. BST, His Royal Highness, who serves as president, will join Director-General Hilary McGrady. The event is to celebrate the work and support done to look after nature, beauty, and history.

The event was going to be held as a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trust has chosen to hold the event virtually, which allows the chance to recognise members, volunteers, staff, and supporters.

In 1995, the Prince of Wales served as Patron of the Trust’s Centenary. It was then that he agreed to be president, succeeding his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. In this role, he takes a personal interest in all aspects of work such as hosting fund-raising events, meeting volunteers, and visiting properties on a regular basis.

Earlier this month, the Prince spoke on how the pandemic is affecting the Trust and its anniversary.

“Sadly, the situation has also forced the cancellation of the 125th Anniversary Garden Party that was due to take place at Buckingham Palace…

“While this is undoubtedly a great shame, I know the anniversary will not be overlooked, and I shall do whatever I can to play my part in celebrating this important milestone – however remotely.”

The National Trust is reopening some of its gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland through advanced bookings. This provides the ability to reduce capacity and to ensure the safety of both staff and visitors.

As of now, more than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open. For the time being, houses will remain closed at all places throughout Wales as the Trust follows Welsh government advise.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.