The royals joined around 8,000 guests including diplomats, Olympians, Paralympians, and officials from London 2012. As an ambassador for the games it seems fitting Kate chose to attend today's garden party. After the playing of the national anthem at 4 p.m. the royals separated and mingled with the crowd to ensure as many guests as possible had the opportunity to meet a member of the Royal Family.
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Her Majesty hosts at least three garden parties every year at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The parties are considered one of the royal highlights of the year since the 1860s when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as 'breakfasts' (although they took place in the afternoon).
Quantities of tea and refreshments served are enormous, according to the official website:
'Tea and other refreshments are served from long buffet tables. At a typical garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Some 400 waiting staff are involved in the serving.'
A closer look at some of the tasty treats served at the royal tea.
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Guests had the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, a wealth of wildlife and the summer house. Unlike the state rooms the gardens are not open to the public, so it is a real treat for guests.
Paralympian Mark Colbourne shared a photo of his invitation via his twitter feed. I just love seeing these!
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More from The Mirror's story:
'Also attending the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace were the world's longest married couple. Karam Chand, 107, and his wife Katari, 100, have been happily married for a staggering 87 years.
The couple have eight children and twenty eight grandchildren. Mr Chand says the secret lies in their sense of humour "My trick is to make Katari laugh. I like to tell jokes and make her smile. Being funny is my way of being romantic.'
Baby talk was very much on the agenda.
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Kate appeared to have a lovely time and enjoyed mingling with guests.
Guest Jo Tomlin shared this photo of Kate on the lawn.
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Kate met Marie Curie nurse Susan Bradley who said afterwards:
'She instantly recognised my uniform and the daffodil in my lapel and told me that she had great admiration for the work the charity does as our staff cared for her own grandfather in his home when he was terminally ill'.
The Duchess also revealed the effect the weather was having on her pregnancy:
'She said that the one benefit of the weather was that it was keeping her temperature down. She said she was thankfully rather cool'.
It is the second time the Duchess has attended one of the Queen's garden parties. She wore a pink Emilia Wickstead coat dress to her first bash in May 2012.
The Duchess chose a Ms. Wickstead piece again today, electing to wear a pretty yellow and white Marella Silk Coat - perfect for a garden party and the season. The abstract check coat is collarless with an open front and three quarter length sleeves. It is available for €1,522 at Matches. Kate's coat features a horizontal seam which would allow the coat to be taking in after Kate's pregnancy.
From the product description:
'Taking inspiration from 1950's society swan Marella Agnelli, Emilia Wickstead's silk coat is elegant and classic with a hint of playfulness. This perfectly polished, precisely cut piece wouldn't look out of place strolling down Park Avenue.'
The popular pattern features in other pieces in Ms. Wickstead's collections most notably the full length Bouvier Dress and the Margerita Skirt.
Kate recycled the white Jane Corbett hat she wore to last year's Order of the Garter parade.
The Duchess wore her Russell and Bromley Park Avenue Shoes and matching clutch. The £165 court shoes are very similar to Kate's Sledge pumps but eagle-eyed Ashley Marie noticed them very quickly.
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Kate completed the look with her Annoushka pearls.
You can watch a video at ITN Source.
It was lovely to see Kate joining members of the royal family for the Queen's garden party. I thought her outfit was elegant, summery and a perfect choice for Kate at this point in her pregnancy. Did you like it?