All the Photos From Queen Elizabeth's Garden Party

The British monarch hosted a group of distinguished guests for tea on the Buckingham Palace grounds.

Every year, Queen Elizabeth hosts thousands of lucky guests for a series of garden parties—three on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, and one at Holyrood House. (Although, as was the case earlier this month, sometimes other senior royals will host them in the Queen's place.) The parties have been a mainstay on the royal calendar for well over a century.

On May 21, the Queen kept up the tradition with yet another garden party, attended by a whopping 8,000 people, per royal reporter Rebecca English. Here, all the best photos from the event.

Thousands of guests gather on the grounds of Buckingham Palace for the event.

The Queen arrives in a Stuart Parvin outfit and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

The Queen with her second son, Andrew, Duke of York.

Yeomen of the Guard walk through the garden.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive together. Kate chose a pink Alexander McQueen coatdress for the occasion.

Guests photograph the Queen as she arrives to greet them.

Royal reporter Rebecca English reported that the Queen was clearly enjoying the sunshine, telling one guest: "Well you do rather hope the sun shines as when you invite 8,000 people to have tea on your lawn it can be a bit of a worry."

Will and Kate chat with a guest at the party.

A close-up photograph of Kate reveals that she's paired her pink look with a pair of pearl earrings.

Duchess Kate is amused.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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