Published 7 June 2018

The Princess Royal, as Patron of the Not Forgotten Association, welcomed over 2,500 guests from over 120 military organisations to Buckingham Palace for the annual Garden Party.

The Royal Family has a long-standing association with the charity which was established in 1920, ‘to provide comfort, cheer and entertainment for the wounded ex-servicemen still in hospital as a result of the Great War’.

Princess Mary became the first Royal Patron of The Not Forgotten Association, a role she held until her death in 1965, when HRH The Duchess of Kent took over as Patron. She was then succeeded by The Princess Royal in 2000.

With the approval of King George V and Queen Mary, Garden Parties were held at Buckingham Palace for the wounded servicemen, who undertook a tour of the Royal Mews; including the riding school, were given a tea and cigarettes (provided by Queen Mary and Princess Mary), and then allowed to 'sit and play about as they like' in the Garden.

The tradition of providing entertainment for guests continues to this day, with today's guests being able to sample some traditional tea and cake and explore the beautiful Buckingham Palace Garden.