Royal Visits and Events
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family make almost 3,000 visits across the United Kingdom each year. Buckinghamshire typically receives up to 20 Royal Visits each year. These visits cover a wide range of activity in the county.Visits may include official functions but visits also encompass many more informal occasions with plenty of opportunity for royal visitors to meet a broad spectrum of people.
A Royal visit is a very special occasion and it often marks an event with which a town, community, school, business or voluntary organisation has been or is still involved in. It is an opportunity to celebrate the different ways in which people have been involved in a special piece of work or occasion. These visits are an important part of the Royal Family’s role and are much valued by those organisations that are fortunate enough to receive such a visit. Look at the About Royal Visits page for more details.
HM The Queen hosts at least three garden parties at Buckingham Palace every summer, inviting about 8,000 guests to each one. It is yet another way in which she recognises the invaluable contribution to this country made by people from all walks of life. Lord-Lieutenants have a important role in recommending individuals from their county to attend Royal Garden Parties. Find out more on the ‘Royal Garden Parties’ page.
The Lord-Lieutenant has a further role in instigating, supporting or organising County events that often mark significant national or county events or special anniversaries. During HM The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Lieutenancy organised special events to mark these important anniversaries, often in the presence of HM The Queen.
The Lieutenancy is also closely involved in special County Services of Thanksgiving to commemorate significant events.