Yesterday, Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu joined colleagues at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
The event was hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and the High Commissioner took the opportunity to speak to the monarch and her grandson, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge about the UK and Kenya’s shared values.
Annual Buckingham Palace garden parties were started in the 1860s by Queen Victoria, and are a way of recognising and rewarding public service and see people from all walks of life enjoy high tea on the lawn to the sounds of a military band.
Yesterday’s garden party was the second one this summer, and two more are scheduled for June and July, one of which will be held at Holyrood Palace.
Every year, the Queen invites 30,000 people to attend the parties and last year 8,000 guests attended the first soiree of the season, held at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.
For the occasion men are asked to wear morning dress or lounge suits while women are invited to wear a ‘day dress, usually with hats or fascinators’.
These garden parties serve give the royals he opportunity to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.
On average around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed at each garden party.