Photos: British Majesties Host A Garden Party At Their Scottish Residence

Photos: British Majesties Host A Garden Party At Their Scottish Residence

The King was reluctant for the party to end as he and the Queen hosted guests at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the annual Royal Week.

Charles, 75, requested to stay later at the garden party to speak with as many of the 8,000 guests as possible. The monarch and his wife, Camilla, 76, were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh for the event at the King’s official Scottish residence on Tuesday.

Camilla and Sophie wore matching blue ensembles, while Charles and his brother, Edward, donned morning suits and top hats. The guest list included a four-legged friend and the first Lady High Constables in 800 years at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Royal Entrance

The King and the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh stood on the steps for the national anthem as they arrived.

Garden Party Attire

As a sign of respect, Charles removed his top hat during the national anthem. Camilla looked elegant in a turquoise Fiona Clare coat dress with a matching wide-brimmed hat by Philip Treacy and cream gloves.

Four-Legged Friend

The King stroked Kratu – a rescue dog from Transylvania – and his owner, Tess Eagle Swan, for whom he acts as an Autism support dog. Tess said that the pooch has transformed her life and “taught me love” as a therapy dog.


Charles also met Dr Belinda Hacking, 52, an NHS psychologist and Mrs Victoria Webber, 42, an NHS breast surgeon, who are the first Lady High Constables in 800 years at the Palace. 

​Created in the early sixteenth century to protect the Monarch in residence at Holyrood, as well as to guard the Palace and the Abbey they enforce law and order within the precincts of the Palace and the Holyrood Abbey Sanctuary and are said to be the oldest statutory police force in the world.

“Absolute Honour”

Dr Hacking said it was “an absolute honour” to become the first women to take on the now ceremonial roles, while Mrs Webber added: “People have been really intrigued and interested. It’s a ceremonial role and we have our day jobs but it’s been wonderful so far and a huge honour to be here with Their Majesties today.”

Sentimental Accessories

A closer look at the Queen’s outfit from the garden party – including Queen Mary Diamond’s Thistle brooch, which dates back to the 1920s.

The Duchess of Edinburgh’s Garden Party Look

Sophie, 59, looked beautiful in a pale blue Roland Mouret dress with bow detailing on the shoulder and a grey metallic clutch bag from Sophie Habsburg.

All in the Details

Sophie wore her blonde locks in an updo with a Jane Taylor hat and diamond earrings.

Sartorial Choice

And did you spot Prince Edward’s frog-print tie? He has quite a collection of novelty ties!

Hosting Duties

The King, who is still undergoing cancer treatment, was on fine form as he joked and laughed with guests.

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