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Applications open until 10:00 GMT Friday 22 February.
Royal Garden Parties will take place on the following dates in 2019:
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Tuesday 21 May 2019
Wednesday 29 May 2019
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Wednesday 3 July 2019
If you have previously attended (or been issued a ticket to) a Royal Garden Party you cannot apply again.
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. Palace gates are open from around 3.00pm.
Two forms of identification for each person 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.
Please note that there are NO parking facilities offered for guests. Disability badge (Blue Badge) holders may apply for parking. No exceptions are allowed.
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. Permanent Residents are not 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 aged 18-25).
- Applications are restricted to immediate family.
- Children are defined as the unmarried sons and daughters of the main applicant, aged 18 to 25 years inclusive only.
- Older people or people with disabilities who need assistance MUST be accompanied.
- Successful applicants will be notified in March 2019.
To be considered complete, your application must be submitted online. The main applicant and spouse/partner/child (if applicable) must provide all passport details, and provide a secondary form of identification with proof of residential address (matching the address in your online application form) in order to collect their tickets from the Australian High Commission – e.g. Drivers licence, utility bill, credit card or bank statement. Please note PO boxes are not accepted.
As part of your online application, the main applicant and spouse/partner (if applicable) will be asked to upload photographed/scanned copies of passports, and a photographed/scanned copy of proof of residential address (matching the addresses in your online application form). This address may be in Australia as long as it matches the address in your application and you are/will be a short-term visitor or tourist in the U.K.
Please do not start your application unless you have saved files of your passport(s) AND proof of address(es) for the main applicant and spouse/partner ready for uploading to us. Total file size must be under 4mb. These files must be sent to us in the same email automatically generated at the end of the application process. If you send these files at a later date, your application is not valid.
If adult children (18-25 inclusive) are included in your application you do NOT need to upload the passport information page or proof of address for them, but if your application is successful, they, (along with all other guests) will need to take their passports and proof of address with them on the day.
Applications must be submitted online by 10:00 GMT Friday 22 February. Applications received after this date 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 after the ballot and provide further instructions about the Royal Garden Parties.
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 if you are successful in the ballot). 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 – e.g. Drivers licence, utility bill, credit card or bank statement.
Australian High Commission
(Hours of opening are 0900hrs - 1700hrs weekdays only).
Nearest Underground Station: Temple
Please do not apply for a Royal Garden Party if there is a possibility you will not be able to attend. Once you have submitted your application, no changes can be made to the names, addresses or attendees on your application. Tickets are non-transferable. If you cannot attend you must return your ticket to the Australian High Commission at the address above. Once you have submitted your application we are unable to change the date of your preferred event, or the names/attendees of an event.
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: No, 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: Yes, it is possible to be accompanied by a 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: As part of your application, you will receive a unique reference number and will be asked to upload (via an automatically generated email) a scanned/photographed copy of the passports for primary applicant and spouse/partner, 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.
IMPORTANT - Unfortunately If you do not send passport AND proof of address files with your online application, your application will not be taken into consideration and therefore will not be entered into the ballot. Please do not commence with the application process until you have all the required information and files ready for uploading. If these files are sent at a different time after you complete your application, your application will not count. Thank you. Please note:
- The High Commission will not enter into any discussion over the allocation of invitations to this event.
- The result of the ballot is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding its outcome.
DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, ONLY SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL DURING THE WEEK OF MONDAY 11 MARCH 2019.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE CONFIRMATION BY SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019 THAT YOU WERE SUCCESSFUL IN THE BALLOT, THEN UNFORTUNATELY YOU MAY ASSUME THAT YOU WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL.