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Secret Garden Party

I love all things British, so I jumped at the chance to attend a secret, traditional British garden party hosted by Historic Royal Palaces. Since the event was secret, I can’t tell you about it, sorry. The end.

I’m kidding, of course!

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The event was held in the back garden of the Merchant’s House Museum. It was the perfect setting for an English garden party, and luckily(?) we had English weather to go along with it.

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The rain held off, and we mingled while sipping summer cocktails. Since I was wearing my first fascinator, I made sure to take lots of pictures! (For you non anglophiles, fascinators are decorative head pieces).

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While mingling, I met a man wearing full Yeomen Warder uniform. (Again, for you non anglophiles, Yeomen Warders guard the Tower of London). I absolutely LOVE visiting the Tower of London (and have even attending the historic Ceremony of the Keys) so I was extremely excited when I saw him, and asked if he was a real Yeomen Warder. Turns out, he’s not just a real Yeomen Warder, but the Chief Yeoman Warder, Alan Kingshott. Great question Ashley…

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Luckily the Chief Yeoman Warder is a nice, fun person and didn’t mind my stupid question. He also didn’t mind taking pictures with everyone there!

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During the evening, Alan gave us insight into the lives of the Yeomen Warders living in the Tower of London. We also learned more about Historic Royal Palaces, the hosting charity. Historic Royal Palaces looks after six palaces, welcoming people, staging events, planning entertainment, and of course conserving the prestige of each palace. If you’ve ever visited the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace or Hillsborough Castle, then you’ve seen the Historic Royal Palaces’ work in action.

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Everyone was enjoying themselves (and the cake!) so much that the evening continued well past its anticipated end time.

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It couldn’t have been a better evening for a garden party.

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To find out more about Historic Royal Palaces, and the work that the charity does, click here.

To become an American Friend of Historic Royal Palaces, and be invited to exclusive members-only events in the U.S. and the U.K. (some events are even inside the palaces!) click here.

Now do I have to take my fascinator off?

~A

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