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Applications for Royal Garden Party tickets have now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in March.
Royal Garden Parties will take place on the following dates:
Tuesday 16 May 2017
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Thursday 1 June 2017
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Tuesday 4 July 2017
Applications for 2017 have now closed
If you have previously attended (or been issued a ticket to) a Royal Garden Party you cannot apply again.
Applications closed at 10am (GMT) on 15 February 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in March.
Please note: It is no longer a requirement to provide letters of recommendation.
A ballot system is used in the allocation process. The results of the ballot are final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding its outcome.
Please read through all the supporting information carefully before lodging an application.
If your application is deemed incorrect or incomplete it will not be taken into consideration.
The Royal Garden Parties take place in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse Edinburgh, between the hours of 4.00pm to 6.00pm, although the Palace gates are open from around 3.00pm.
For information on what to expect on the day of the event, please visit the official website of The British Monarchy.
Two forms of identification are required for entry to a Royal Garden Party, one of which must be photographic, to confirm full name, date of birth and current address. All names and addresses must match the details on these forms of identification to allow access to the event.
For more information, on eligibility and administration, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
- If you have previously attended (or been issued a ticket to) a Royal Garden Party you cannot apply again.
- Eligibility: Australians visiting the United Kingdom AND Australians with a temporary visa in the United Kingdom (eg. Working Holiday Visa, Temporary Work Visa, Student Visa etc.) are eligible to apply.
- The primary applicant must be an Australian citizen but may be accompanied by non-Australian citizen spouse/partner and/or child.
- All guests must be over the age of 18 years.
- A party may number up to a maximum of 4 people (the main guest, spouse/partner/companion and up to 2 children).
- Applications are restricted to immediate family.
- Children include the unmarried sons and daughters of the main applicant, aged 18 to 25 years inclusive.
- Older people or disabled people who need assistance MUST be accompanied.
- Successful applicants will be notified in March 2017.
To be considered complete, your application must be submitted online. The main applicant and spouse must provide all passport details, and provide a secondary form of identification with proof of address (matching the address in your online application form) in order to collect their tickets from the Australian High Commission – eg. Drivers licence, utility bill, credit card or bank statement.
Applications must be submitted online between 01- 15 February 2017. Applications received outside this period will not be accepted.
Married couples and de facto partners should use the same application form.
If your application is successful, we will contact you in March and provide further instructions about the Garden Parties.
The tickets must be collected from the reception of the Australian High Commission in London in the days prior to the Garden Party (exact dates and times to be advised). Tickets will not be sent by post to residential addresses in Australia or the United Kingdom.
You will be required to show proof of identity of all applicants in order to collect tickets.
Reminder: The primary applicant must show an Australian passport, and a secondary form of identification with proof of address – eg. Drivers licence, utility bill, credit card or bank statement.
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Please do not apply for a Royal Garden Party if there is any possibility you will not be able to attend. Tickets are non-transferable. If you cannot attend you must return your ticket to the Australian High Commission at the address above.
Q: I will be visiting the UK on a short trip as a tourist, am I eligible to apply for the Royal Garden Party?
A: Yes, short stay visitors or tourists are welcome to apply. Temporary residents or visitors in the UK (e.g. holders of student visas, temporary work permits, Working Holiday Maker visas etc) are also welcome to apply.
Q: I have noticed that eligibility criteria has changed in recent years and the letters of recommendation are not on the list of required documents. Do I need to provide references as in the previous years?
A: It is no longer a requirement to provide the letters of recommendation. Please check the selection criteria before submitting your application to ensure you provide all other supporting documentation.
Q: I am an Australian citizen, however my partner is not. Am I able to include them in my application for the Royal Garden Party?
A: It is possible to be accompanied by non-Australian citizen spouse/partner and/or child.
Q: How do I send the copies of the requested documents to your office – hard copy, scanned email etc?
A: On submitting your application, you will receive a unique reference number and will be asked to upload (via an automatically generated email) a scanned copy of the passports for all applicants, as well as a secondary form of identification with proof of address. Please make sure you are prepared to upload all documents before starting your online application. Your attachments should not exceed 4MB; otherwise they will be not be received.
You are required to bring passports and a secondary form of identification with proof of address to the Australian High Commission in order to collect your tickets.