Lieutenancy of South Yorkshire

Invitation to a Royal Garden Party

The Queen hosts three Royal Garden Parties every year, attended by about 8,000 people. Invited guests come from all backgrounds, most of whom are nominated by charities and public sector organisations for their service to their communities.

Once inside a Garden Party around 27,000 cups of tea are served. 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cakes are consumed.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact on their community.

For a Garden Party, gentlemen wear morning dress or lounge suits, while women wear day dress, usually with hats or fascinators. National dress and uniform are also often worn.

If you feel that someone in South Yorkshire has made a major contribution to life in the community, or has provided exceptional service in any other way, you could recommend that they are invited to this special event by writing to the Lord-Lieutenant.

The Lord-Lieutenant is responsible for co-ordinating and submitting nominations on behalf of the county.

Draft nomination letter

If you'd like to nominate someone, you can use the wording below.

Dear Lord-Lieutenant

I would like to nominate Mr John Doe for a Garden Party invitation.

Mr Doe is (details of employment of any voluntary role they have played in the community and why you would like to put their name forward).  I am not aware that he has previously attended a Garden Party.

Mr Doe’s contact details are:


Telephone number:


Please note, nominations must be received by the end of October for inclusion in the following year's Garden Party invites. 

Other ways The Queen gives recognition to individuals

Her Majesty sends thousands of messages each year to people celebrating their 100th birthdays or diamond weddings, in which she's able to give special and personal recognition of remarkable individuals.

The Queen also supports service to others, through close relationships with the voluntary and charitable sector. About 3,000 organisations list a member of the Royal Family as patron or president. The Queen has over 600 patronages and The Duke of Edinburgh over 700.

In all these roles, The Queen is supported by members of the Royal Family, who carry out many of the engagements which Her Majesty cannot undertake in person.


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