Sunny Kate welcomes guests to bash
KATE Windsor, the Duchess of Cambridge, was on hand to welcome Olympians, Paralympians and officials from the 2012 London Games to the first Buckingham Palace garden party of the summer.
The party was hosted by Queen Elizabeth and attended by everyone from diplomats to dinner ladies.
At a typical event, guests consume more than 27,000 cups of tea, in excess of 20,000 sandwiches and a similar number of slices of cake.
The tradition of throwing open the royal residence dates back to the 1860s, when Queen Victoria held what was known as afternoon "breakfasts".