The Prince and Princess of Wales mingled with guests at Buckingham Palace

The Prince and Princess of Wales surprise guests at palace garden party – best photos

At  tuesday’s garden party at Buckingham Palace, the Prince and Princess of Wales surprised the attendees by going on a date.

While Catherine, 41, looked stunning in a powder blue Elie Saab dress and a matching Philip Treacy hat, first seen at Royal Ascot in 2019, William, 40, wore a morning suit and top hat.


The couple stand for the national anthem
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The Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh also joined them.


The Waleses and the Edinburghs at the coronation garden party
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While Anne, 72, wore cream, Sophie, 58, matched Catherine’s outfit in blue.

A military band provided background music as the couple socialized with the 8,000 or so visitors present at the palace. Tea, sandwiches, and cake slices were served to guests as they strolled through the gardens.


The Princess looked stunning in an Elie Saab dress
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Since Queen Victoria began what were known as “breakfasts” in the 1860s, although they were actually held in the afternoon, garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace.


Kate accessorised with a Philip Treacy hat and statement earrings
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While his wife Sophie chose a blue dress by Suzannah London and a Jane Taylor hat, Prince Edward, 59, also wore a morning suit with a pink tie.

Catherine complemented her metallic lace blue dress with Kiki McDonough topaz hoop earrings and an Elie Saab clutch.


Sophie looked stunning in a blue ruffled midi dress with a floral hat
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The Princess Royal, who served as the monarch’s Gold-Stick-In-Waiting at the King’s coronation on Saturday, rode on horseback throughout the carriage procession.


Kate was spotted pictured talking with a group of Scouts
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While attending events for the Big Lunch and the Big Help Out, Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were conspicuously absent from the coronation concert.

Among the attendees at the party in the Royal Box at Windsor Castle were Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, and their respective spouses, Lindsay Wallace and Mike Tindall.

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Princess Anne speaking with guests
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The Waleses attended the King and Queen’s coronation at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, capping off a busy few days of public appearances.


William and Kate surprised well-wishers on the Long Walk in Windsor
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During the lengthy coronation ceremony, the Prince was the only member of the royal family tasked with showing respect to the King. He knelt before his father, touched his crown, kissed him on the cheek, and swore to be his “liege man of life and limb.”


Princess Kate gave Louis a helping hand
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William also gave a heartfelt tribute to his father Charles during the coronation concert on Sunday night at Windsor Castle. He said on stage, “Pa, we are all so proud of you.”

William and Catherine surprised partygoers at a large lunchtime street party on Windsor’s Long Walk earlier that day.


Prince Louis enjoyed his sweet treat
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Additionally, as part of a nationwide volunteer effort to commemorate the coronation, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children volunteered on Monday at a Scout Hut in Slough.

Prince Louis, then five years old, reached a significant milestone when he participated in his first-ever official royal engagement and got his hands dirty painting, digging, and decorating.


Prince Louis also tried his hand at archery during his first-ever royal engagement
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Both Prince George, age nine, and Princess Charlotte, age eight, attended the concert with their parents. The kids were seen singing along to the performances, and all of the royals got up to dance to Lionel Richie’s song All Night Long. Even the Duchess of Edinburgh was caught practicing her moves.

A series of official coronation portraits were unveiled by the palace on Monday, and William and Catherine were among the working royals to appear in them.

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