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The Queen and Prince William host Buckingham Palace garden party

The Queen channeled inner rockstar in a pair of stylish shades as she hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The monarch, 92, was joined by grandson Prince William, 35, at the event recognising the work of hundreds of community leaders.

Granddaughter Princess Eugenie, 28, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also attended. 

The Queen donned a turquoise and teal coat dress for the occasion and demonstrated her sartorial flair by adding the trendy shades. 

The Queen, 92, was joined by grandson Prince William , 35, at the event recognising the work of hundreds of community leaders

Stylish: The Queen, 92, donned a pair of sunglasses as she hosted a Buckingham Palace garden party on Thursday. She chatted to guests including this policeman and his wife

Stylish: The Queen, 92, donned a pair of sunglasses as she hosted a Buckingham Palace garden party on Thursday. She chatted to guests including this policeman and his wife

Good spirits: William, 36, chuckled as he shared a light-hearted moment with two guests 

Good spirits: William, 36, chuckled as he shared a light-hearted moment with two guests 

Family affair: Princess Eugenie, centre, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were also in attendance

Family affair: Princess Eugenie, centre, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were also in attendance

Respectful: The Duke of Cambridge removed his hat as he followed his grandmother the Queen into the event

Respectful: The Duke of Cambridge removed his hat as he followed his grandmother the Queen into the event

Meet and greet: The Queen smiled as she shook hands with a woman dressed in white

Meet and greet: The Queen smiled as she shook hands with a woman dressed in white

Dapper: Prince William donned a morning suit for the reception in the palace grounds

Dapper: Prince William donned a morning suit for the reception in the palace grounds

Relaxed: Prince William, 36, looked in good spirits as he joined his grandmother at the event

Relaxed: Prince William, 36, looked in good spirits as he joined his grandmother at the event

Sprawling: Hundreds of guests gathered for the garden party at Buckingham Palace today

Sprawling: Hundreds of guests gathered for the garden party at Buckingham Palace today

Meanwhile the Duke of Cambridge, who welcomed his third child Prince Louis last month, looked dapper in a top hat and tails.

It is the second garden party hosted by the Queen so far this summer, with two more scheduled for June and July. 

The garden parties serve are an important way for The Queen to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.

Beautiful in blue! The Queen opted for a patterned blue and turquoise dress for the event

Beautiful in blue! The Queen opted for a patterned blue and turquoise dress for the event

Feathered flair: She added a peacock feather in the brim of her hat to tie the outfit together

Feathered flair: She added a peacock feather in the brim of her hat to tie the outfit together

Mobbed: Guests jostled for position and raised their phones to snap a picture of the monarch, seen centre, as she walked past

Mobbed: Guests jostled for position and raised their phones to snap a picture of the monarch, seen centre, as she walked past

Well-wishes: The Queen beamed as she spoke to one uniform officer during the walkabout

Well-wishes: The Queen beamed as she spoke to one uniform officer during the walkabout

Recognition: The Queen speaks to people nominated as leaders within their communities

Recognition: The Queen speaks to people nominated as leaders within their communities

Playful touch: Bride-to-be Princess Eugenie wore a hat emblazoned with the word 'love'

Playful touch: Bride-to-be Princess Eugenie wore a hat emblazoned with the word ‘love’

Getting up close: One young woman broke with the crowd to take a photo of the procession

Getting up close: One young woman broke with the crowd to take a photo of the procession

Delighted: She appeared very pleased with her snap and ran back to share the story 

Delighted: She appeared very pleased with her snap and ran back to share the story 

The monarch looked in excellent spirits as she mingled with hundreds of royal supporters, many of whom stood in crowds four-people deep to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty. 

Photographs from the sprawling event show guests jostling for position and raising their mobiles to snap a photo as she walked past. 

The Queen also spent time speaking to a number of the invitees, including a uniformed policeman and his wife. 

Snapping a picture: Camera phones were at the ready as the Queen strolled past on the lawn

Snapping a picture: Camera phones were at the ready as the Queen strolled past on the lawn

Gracious: The Queen smiled as she chatted to a group of guests at the well-heeled event

Gracious: The Queen smiled as she chatted to a group of guests at the well-heeled event

Prepared: The Queen was ready for any eventuality with an umbrella and sunglasses

Prepared: The Queen was ready for any eventuality with an umbrella and sunglasses

Animated: The Queen looked engaged as she spoke to one smartly-dressed gentleman

Animated: The Queen looked engaged as she spoke to one smartly-dressed gentleman

Light-hearted moment: She was seen smiling as the pair appeared to share a joke together

Light-hearted moment: She was seen smiling as the pair appeared to share a joke together

Prince William looked relaxed as he made his way through the crowds on the royal lawn. 

His wife the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, is currently on maternity leave from royal duties following the birth of her third child.

Over the course of each year, The Queen welcomes over 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed.



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