Garden Party frequently asked questions
Have a question about our 40th Anniversary Garden Party? You’ll find the answer here in our list of frequently asked questions.
If you can't find the answer to your question below, simply email our Garden Party events team for more information.
- What do I need to wear?
- Will I need to pay for and book my own travel?
- I’ve never been to London before. Can someone show me how to get to Buckingham Palace and back to the station?
- If I wanted to stay longer in London, can I get travel down the day before / leave a day later?
- What time should I arrive?
- What happens if I am running late for the event?
- What will happen at the event?
- What will I eat at the event?
- What will I need to bring for the event?
- Can I bring bags into the event?
- Do I need to bring a ticket?
- Can I take photos at the event?
- If my guest can’t go, can I invite someone else?
- Will I need to do anything on the day?
- Will there be alcohol at the event?
This is a very special event, and so the dress code is formal.
- Gentlemen should wear a suit, shirt, tie and smart shoes. Alternatively, if you have a uniform you can wear this, but you shouldn’t bring along any medals.
- Ladies should wear either a formal dress or a trouser suit. Dresses should be of modest length (falling just above the knee or longer) and have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted and midriffs must be covered. Ladies may wear a hat if they wish, but this isn’t compulsory.
If you have any questions or concerns about what to wear for the event, please speak to your Young Ambassador Executive who can offer further guidance.
No. Your Young Ambassador Executive will book your return journey to the event for you and your guest. You don’t need to worry about making any travel arrangements for now - your Young Ambassador Executive will be in touch to organise the best option for your travel.
We are currently making arrangements to have a number of Prince's Trust staff at some of the main train stations on the day to direct Young Ambassadors to The Palace. More details will be shared about this nearer the event. If you have any concerns, please speak with your Young Ambassador Executive.
Your main point of contact (normally your Young Ambassador Executive) at The Trust will organise and pay for your travel to London. If you wish to stay longer in London, you will first need to speak to your main Trust contact to see if they can arrange suitable transport.
The doors open for the event at 3pm. However, we suggest that you get to The Palace earlier to avoid rushing. We anticipate people will start queuing to enter the event around 2pm. There will be a number of entrances into the event. More details will be shared nearer the date.
Our Young Ambassadors Executives will be organising and booking your travel to and from the event, and they will make sure you arrive in plenty of time. In the event of unforeseen delays, guests will be able to enter the event after 3pm, so you should be able to still make some of the event.
The event is to say thank you to young people, supporters, staff and volunteers who have played a part in the 40 years of The Trust. When guests arrive they will be able to take in the surroundings of Buckingham Palace Gardens and relax and enjoy the day. A tea will be provided for all guests and there will be opportunities to talk to other people who have been involved in The Trust’s history. Our President, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be present at the event.
All guests will be served tea in the Tea tent at the event at 3.30pm. This will be a light lunch made up of finger sandwiches, tea and cake. If you’re travelling a long distance, we suggest you bring your own pre-prepared snacks for the journey to and from the event. This will not be covered by The Trust.
Both you and your guest will be required to bring two forms of I.D. - one which must be photographic, to enter the event.
- Acceptable forms of photographic I.D. are a passport, a full or provisional driving licence, a photo oyster card or bus pass, a staff pass.
- Acceptable forms of other I.D. to accompany your photographic I.D. are any official document from your bank, place of work or college with your full name and home address on it.
If you don’t have any of these forms of I.D., don’t worry. You will still be able to attend the event however you must inform your Young Ambassador Executive ahead of the event who can make the necessary arrangements.
Ladies are able to bring a small clutch bag into the event. There are no facilities to store luggage, so don’t bring any bags.
You will be sent an admittance card six weeks before the event to the address that you supplied when you registered. You will need to bring this with you along with your photographic I.D. to pass through security at the event.
If your address has changed from when you registered please do let your Young Ambassador Executive know and we can update your details so we can ensure your admittance is sent out to the correct place.
No. Absolutely no photography is allowed in The Palace and the garden. This includes the use of camera-equipped mobile telephones, which must be switched off.
Unfortunately, no. Due to the strict security at Buckingham Palace, the names of all guests must be confirmed by February 22nd 2016. When you confirm your attendance you must confirm the name of your guest too. Once you have confirmed your attendance, we can’t change the name of your guest.
You will be attending the event as a guest and an ambassador to celebrate The Trust’s 40th Anniversary. No Young Ambassadors will be asked to do any speeches, we simply ask you to enjoy the event. There will be a whole mixture of people on the day, including staff, supporters, corporate partners and volunteers. A common question people may ask will be ‘How are you involved with The Trust?’ - so you are of course welcome to share your role and your story if you wish, but this isn’t an expectation.
There is a strict no alcohol policy for the Buckingham Palace Garden Event. The event is a tea party and tea and coffee and soft drinks will be served to guests. Any guests suspected of being intoxicated upon entry of the event will be refused.