SPECIAL GARDEN PARTY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE – Centenary of the Women’s Institute

Every summer, The Queen hosts up to three garden parties at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. This year Her Majesty has given permission for three additional garden parties to be hosted by members of the Royal Family to honour national organisations who are celebrating special events. Those will be hosted by The Duchess of Cornwall, Countess of Wessex and Princess Royal.

courtesy of Women’s Institute via Twitter feed.
Countess of Wessex met the original ‘Calendar Girls’ at the WI Centenary Garden Party.

Today, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace in honour of the centenary of the Women’s Institute. Also in attendance were Princess Alexandra, The Countess of Wessex and The Duchess of Gloucester.

courtesy of Women’s Institute via Twitter feed. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall met WI members. 

The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.

courtesy of British Monarchy, via Twitter feed.

The Countess became a member of Bagshot WI in 2007, when HRH officially opened the new headquarters of the Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes (SFWI). My post can be found here. The Duchess of Cornwall was inspired to join the organisation after watching the movie ‘Calendar Girls’ (I highly recommend it, it is a great movie!), and since 2006 is a member of Tetbury WI, in Gloucestershire near Highgrove. Article here.

courtesy of Women’s Institute via Twitter feed. Six of the original Calendar Girls have joined 8000 WI members at the Royal Garden Party.

The Duchess of Cambridge has recently expressed an interest in joining her local branch of the WI at Anmer in Norfolk. Article here. The Princess Royal is also an associate member of her local WI near her country residence of Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire.

courtesy of Clarence House via Twitter feed. The Duchess with ‘Calendar Girls’.

The Royal Family have a long history of association with the WI, which The Queen, Patron, will continue by opening their Centenary Annual Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday. British Monarchy we’ll be updating social media blog with this week’s events and exploring the Royal Family’s long involvement with the WI. You can follow their Storify for the latest updates.

courtesy of British Monarchy, via Twitter feed. The Duchess of Gloucester.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js A number of events are planned to celebrate the Women’s Insitute centenary, beginning with today’s Garden Party. In addition to the garden party, The Queen accompanied by The Princess Royal and The Countess of Wessex will attend the Centenary Annual Meeting of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 4th June. It will be broadcasted via youtube. More here. Article on today’s Garden Party can be found here, lovely gallery via Zimbio.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Outfit & jewellery:
Emilia Wickstead jacket and dress in horseprint, worn before. Picture here.
Hat by Jane Taylor, worn before, bespoke version of Bonnie style.
Pearl earrings which debuted at first Garden Party of 2015. Sadly I wasn’t able to ID those.
Sophie Habsburg flower motif raffia clutch bag in black, seen before.
New brooch by Dior from 2015 cruise collection. Part of Mise en Dior collection. Not available online.

LK Bennett Harley pumps

11 thoughts on “SPECIAL GARDEN PARTY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE – Centenary of the Women’s Institute

  1. I was lucky enough to be there today. The countess looked amazing, she is absolutely beautiful, and she was very interested in everyone she spoke to. An amazing ambassador for the Royal Family.


  2. Anonymous

    Great post. Thank you very much. The Countess' hat is ever so whimsical–I love it. Duchess of Cornwall paid homage to the calendar girls in head-to-toe blue ensemble! I love her in blue.

    Deb: Good for you.


  3. alpa

    all the royal ladies looked great!
    but i admit to being partial to sophie and her outfit – love the dress, love the hat, love the jacket, love it all!


  4. Amy

    Wonderful post — beautiful story. I loved the movie, “Calendar Girls”, but didn't make the connection between the movie and the Women's Institute. Now I know.

    I do love Sophie's hat. Yes, so whimsical. It is good to see photos of the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandria.


  5. Countess of Wessex looked fabulous from top to toe however, her tweet (above) could have done with a little more care.
    It states '…women coming together to AFFECT real change.
    The word should be EFFECT, meaning 'bring about'.
    Nil points for that.


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