Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
High Commission address: Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA

ROYAL EVENTS 2015

 ROYAL GARDEN PARTIES

Applications are now open for the Royal Garden Parties.

Applications will be accepted until the 22 February 2015. Please check the selection criteria and application rules listed below before submitting your application.

Royal Garden Parties will take place at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 12 May 2015; Wednesday 20 May 2015; Thursday 28 May 2015 and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday, 1st July 2015.

Please read the general information below.

Please note, eligibility criteria and the application process have changed from 2014.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Each year the Australian High Commission receives an allocation of invitations to Royal Events – Trooping the Colour, Royal Ascot Race Meeting and Royal Garden Parties.

Only Australian citizens who are UK visitors/temporary residents, intending to return to Australia, are eligible to apply.

Due to the limited number of invitations, you can only apply for one Royal Event.

A ballot system is used in the allocation process. Advice will be sent to successful applicants only.

Please read through all the supporting information below carefully before lodging an application.

If your application is deemed incorrect or incomplete it will not be taken into consideration.

SELECTION CRITERIA

If you have previously attended a Royal Garden Party you cannot apply again.

Applications are restricted to immediate family: spouses/partners and up to two children – unmarried sons and daughters aged 18 to 25 years inclusive. Children under 18 cannot be considered.

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 temporary residents in the UK.

A party may number up to a maximum of 4 people when it consists of the main guest, the main guest`s spouse or partner and up to 2 children.

Older people or disabled people who need assistance MUST be accompanied.

Successful applicants only will be notified in March.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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 3.00 pm.

The majority of men wear morning dress or uniform but a dark suit is acceptable. Women are required to wear a day dress with hat or uniform. Trouser suits are permitted. Cameras are not permitted and mobile phones must be switched off.

Two forms of ID are required for entry to a Royal Garden Party, e.g. driving licence, passport; therefore please ensure that your name and address reflects the form of ID that you will be requested to present on arrival.

For more information on what to expect on the day of the event, please visit the official website of The British Monarchy:
http://www.royal.gov.uk/RoyalEventsandCeremonies/GardenParties/WhathappensataGardenParty.aspx  

APPLICATION RULES

Please complete the Application Form and return it to us via email by 22 February 2015. Late applications will not be considered.

Each applicant must submit a scanned copy of their passport. The main applicant and their spouse/partner must also submit a proof of address and visa status in the UK.

Please note: the main applicant must be a temporary resident in the UK (non-permanent resident of the UK, e.g. Student visa holder, temporary work permit holder, Working Holiday Maker, etc.).

Married couples and de facto partners should use the same application form.

Due to the high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be notified by email. The invitations with further instructions will be posted to the residential address provided in the application form.

CANCELLATIONS

Please do not apply for a Royal Garden Party if there is any possibility you will not be able to attend. If you cannot attend you must notify the Australian High Commission by email (see below) as soon as possible and return your invitation to this office.

CONTACT ADDRESSES

Please notify the Australian High Commission by email (see below) of change of address and/or telephone number. Applicants who cannot be contacted will be disqualified.

CONTACT DETAILS

Address: Office of Royal Events
Australian High Commission
Australia House,
The Strand
London
WC2B 4LA

Email: royaleventslondon@dfat.gov.au 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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: To be to be eligible to apply for the Royal Garden Party you must be a temporary resident or a visitor in the UK (e.g. be a holder of a Student visa, temporary work permit, Working Holiday Maker, etc.), but not a short stay visitor or tourist.

Q: I will be travelling to the UK for holidays and I am not a resident in the UK, so what evidence of address can I provide?

A: To be to be eligible to attend the Royal Garden Party you must be a temporary resident in the UK. Note: short-term visitors and holiday makers are not permitted. Therefore, you will be requested to submit proof of your current residential address in the UK (e.g. a copy of a bank statement, utility bill, etc.).

Q: I have dual nationality: I have Australian and European Union passports and as such do not require a visa to live in the UK. Am I still eligible to apply for the Royal Garden Party?

A: The requirements to attend the Royal Garden Party in 2015 have changed. To be eligible you must be a temporary resident in the UK. If you are able to prove that you are currently resident in the UK by showing the evidence of your address, you may be eligible to apply. Please provide a copy of your European Union passport along with your Australian passport.

Q: I hold dual nationality (e.g. Australian and British) and do not require a visa to enter the UK, so what evidence can I submit in order to prove my visa status?

A: If you do not require a visa to live or work in the UK on a temporary basis, please provide a copy of your British passport (or other European Union passport) as well as your Australian passport. Please bear in mind that you are required to submit proof of your residential address in the UK (e.g. a copy of a bank statement, utility bill, etc.).

Q: I have noticed that eligibility criteria has changed since last year 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. All guests must be temporary residents in the UK, therefore you are required to provide your partner`s proof of address, copy of their passport and visa status in the UK if applicable.

Q: Do I have to send the hard copies of the documents to your office by mail, or are the scanned copies sufficient?

A: Please attach scanned copies of required documents electronically and send it to us via email: royaleventslondon@dfat.gov.au
You do not need to send us paper copies of your documents by post.


Information on Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot events to follow on the 6th March 2015.