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Behind the scenes at a Garden Party

A look behind the scenes as Buckingham Palace prepares to host a Garden Party.

Every summer, The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace, and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. Historically, Garden Parties took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes, and have evolved into a way of recognising and rewarding public service.

Readying the Gardens

Preparations in the gardens at Buckingham Palace begin months in advance - to ensure everything is in perfect condition ahead of the year's first Garden Parties in May.

​Mowing the lawns, edge clipping, leaf-blowing and sweeping are all carried out across the grounds, as many seasonal plants and flowers come into bloom.

​Seasonal bedding displays nearthe rose garden are planted, including these Osteospermum 'Tresco Purple', which will come into bloom from June right through to October.

Final touches

In and around the rose garden regular work includes dead-heading, weeding and clipping to ensure everything is as beautiful as possible.

And in the final days and hours before guests arrive, final touches to the lawns and grounds are made.

Once everything is ready, the doors are opened and guests arrive to explore the Palace grounds.

The end results

The variety of species on show at Buckingham Palace is huge, including this Handkerchief Tree in full flower.

Guests can also explore the history of The Queen's life in the Palace Gardens, including this Magnolia gifted to Her Majesty on her 55th Birthday.