In 2017, Ruth and husband David were delighted to receive an invitation to her Majesty the Queen’s Garden Party, in the beautiful gardens at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
Garden parties are an important way for the Queen to speak with a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.
Typically, invitations to the Queen’s Garden Party are made on the recommendation of a long-established network of sponsors, including the Lord Lieutenants – the monarch’s representative in each UK county. Ruth has yet to identify who recommended that they be invited, but thinks HRH Prince Edward (who previously presented the Queen with a box of Cocoa Black signature selection chocolates) may have had an influence!
Before the event, Ruth and David lunched in Edinburgh with the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale, Gilbert Archer and his wife Irené. David wore a kilt, with Ruth exchanging her chef’s whites for a dress and fascinator.
The party officially began when the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, entered the garden at 4pm. The military band first played the national anthem, and continued to play as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh circulated among the guests.
The Queen then arrived at the Royal Tea Tent, where she met further guests. David and Ruth spent the afternoon strolling the Palace gardens, meeting other invited guests, and enjoying the delicious cakes prepared by Ruth’s long-time friend and pastry chef to the Queen, Kathryn Cuthbertson.
It’s an honour to be invited to the Queen’s Garden Party. It’s amazing the doors a box of chocolates can open!