Kate Middleton and Sophie Wessex Represent the Queen at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a coral coat dress as she teamed up with Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex to host a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The trio replaced the Queen, 96, who traditionally hosts four garden parties each summer but pulled out of this year’s engagements amid continuing mobility issues.

The annual garden parties, held between Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, are a way for the monarch to celebrate and reward those who have distinguished themselves in public service. They require royal guests to spend more than an hour on their feet pushing their way through crowds.

The Queen, who will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next month, is increasingly relying on members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William, to step into her shoes at engagements. high level.

The Queen made a surprise appearance at the opening of the Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station yesterday, a week after she missed the official opening of Parliament.

Today she was represented by the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, one of Her Majesty’s most trusted confidantes. His cousin, Princess Alexandra, was also present.

Kate, 40, who wore a monochrome Emilia Wickstead ensemble, looked perfectly poised as she joined the Wessex on the palace steps before heading out onto the lawn to greet guests.

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Kate at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party today

Coral Queen! The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a coral version of an Emilia Wickstead coat dress which she has worn on several occasions

Meet the Duchess!  Kate spent time talking to guests at the garden party, which recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in public service

Meet the Duchess! Kate spent time talking to guests at the garden party, which recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in public service

Prince Edward, left, and the Countess of Wessex were on hand to meet hundreds of guests in the garden of Buckingham Palace

The Countess of Wessex at the Garden Party

Prince Edward, left, and the Countess of Wessex were on hand to meet hundreds of guests in the garden of Buckingham Palace

Pink perfection!  Flaunting her love of color blocking, Kate wore her coral coat dress with a matching hat

The Duchess of Cambridge today

Pink perfection! Flaunting her love of color blocking, Kate wore her coral coat dress with a matching hat

The Duchess of Cambridge looked resplendent as she joined Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace's second garden party of the summer

The Duchess of Cambridge looked resplendent as she joined Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace’s second garden party of the summer

The Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex spent time meeting guests on the palace lawn this afternoon

Sophie Wessex speaking to guests today

The Duchess of Cambridge, left, and the Countess of Wessex spent time meeting guests on the palace lawn this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to a group of women and a young girl who brought a sign to the party

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to a group of women and a young girl who brought a sign to the party

Radiant Kate beamed as she was introduced to some of the hundreds of guests invited to the Buckingham Palace party

The Duchess of Cambridge today

Radiant: Kate beamed as she was introduced to some of the hundreds of guests invited to the Buckingham Palace party

Center of the action: Guests waited patiently for the chance to speak to the Duchess of Cambridge at the garden party

Center of the action: Guests waited patiently for the chance to speak to the Duchess of Cambridge at the garden party

The Duchess opted for a coral version of an Emilia Wickstead coat dress which she has worn on several occasions.

The knee-length flattering dress features long sleeves, a pointed collar and a band at the waist to accentuate Kate’s slender figure.

Showing her love of color blocking, Kate teamed the piece with pointy toe pumps in pink suede and added a hat in a matching hue. She finished the look with a metallic clutch which added a touch of sparkle.

Meanwhile, Sophie looked typically elegant in a white dress with a pink and purple floral pattern. The Countess of Wessex teamed the midi with a white hat and simple neutral shoes.

It’s the first time garden parties have been held since 2019 after they were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking on the Queen’s absence, which was announced last week, royal expert Angela Levin said: “It is a good decision for the Queen not to attend garden parties as there would be too much room.” What a shame though.

Royal welcome!  Guests pulled out their phones to snap a photo of the Duchess as she walked across the palace lawn

Royal welcome! Guests pulled out their phones to snap a photo of the Duchess as she walked across the palace lawn

Something to smile about!  The Duchess of Cambridge looked lively as she spent time talking to guests in the garden

The Duchess of Cambridge today

Something to smile about! The Duchess of Cambridge looked lively as she spent time talking to guests in the garden

Prince Edward represented his mother at the Buckingham Palace garden party, a day after joining her at Paddington Station

Prince Edward represented his mother at the Buckingham Palace garden party, a day after joining her at Paddington Station

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a simple pair of dangling earrings and wore her hair up in a bun

Kate at the Buckingham Palace garden party

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a simple pair of dangling earrings and wore her hair up in a bun

Lighthearted moment: Kate Middleton and Prince Edward shared a joke as they walked down the garden steps

Lighthearted moment: Kate Middleton and Prince Edward shared a joke as they walked down the garden steps

The Duchess of Cambridge smiled broadly as she made her way from the palace through the crowds on the lawn

The Duchess of Cambridge today

The Duchess of Cambridge smiled broadly as she made her way through the crowds on the sunny palace lawn

A royally good time!  Each year, the Queen invites 30,000 people to attend the festivities.  At each Garden Party, approximately 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed.  Pictured are guests at today's event

A royally good time! Each year, the Queen invites 30,000 people to attend the festivities. At each Garden Party, approximately 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Pictured are guests at today’s event

Buckingham Palace’s annual garden parties, started in the 1860s by Queen Victoria, are a way to recognize and reward public service and see people from all walks of life enjoy tea on the lawn to the sound of a military band.

Each year, the Queen invites 30,000 people to attend the parties and in 2018, 8,000 guests attended the first party of the season. At each Garden Party, approximately 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed.

For the occasion, men are asked to wear morning dress or lounge suits while women are asked to wear “day dress, usually with hats or fascinators”.

This year there was also an ‘Annual Not Forgotten Association Garden Party’ which took place on 12 May and was hosted by Princess Anne, who is the Association’s Patron.

The Not Forgotten Association provides entertainment, recreation and recreation for the wounded, injured or ill in service and former military men and women with disabilities.

The organization’s Garden Party, which will also be held at Buckingham Palace, will bring together more than 2,000 recipients of all ages and services.

It comes a day after Her Majesty made a surprise appearance at the opening of the Elizabeth Line at London's Paddington station, pictured after she was absent from the official opening of Parliament last week.

It comes a day after Her Majesty made a surprise appearance at the opening of the Elizabeth Line at London’s Paddington station, pictured after she was absent from the official opening of Parliament last week.

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