I couldn't believe the change that the Christmas Party brought about in my daughter. Meeting up with other Service people has made her sparkle again.
The Garden Party
By kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, we hold an annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for the benefit of War Pensioners and service personnel who have received compensation from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. This event brings together more than 2,000 beneficiaries of all ages and services with their carers and escorts.
The Garden Party is hosted by one or more senior members of the Royal Family. Some of our beneficiaries will be presented to a Royal guest who will chat to them about their service experiences. For men and women who are proud to have served their country this is a huge honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which they will never forget, the impact of which cannot be overstated.
We are indebted to Her Majesty for continuing to grant us the huge privilege of staging this unique event which we are proud to deliver on behalf of all the Armed Services and the Merchant Navy, as well as the wider service community.
The Christmas Tea Party
In a tradition dating back to 1921, we are hugely privileged to be permitted to hold an annual Christmas Tea Party for War Pensioners and recipients of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in the State Apartments of St. James’s Palace.
One or more senior members of the Royal Family will be in attendance and will make their way around the Throne, Entrée and Queen Anne Rooms chatting to each of our beneficiaries at their tables, listening to their stories and experiences, and delighting them with their genuine interest. As they do so, some 300 guests enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea whilst being entertained by singers, magicians, caricaturists, balloonists, silhouettists, celebrities and a military quintet.
After the Royal guests depart, everyone moves to the adjoining Picture Gallery for the afternoon’s finale; a highly entertaining variety show featuring top class comedy, music and song with something for everyone.
This unique event always brings a great deal of pleasure, joy and cheer to our guests. It is an opportunity to meet other service men and women of all ages, swap stories, share experiences, make new friends and renew old acquaintances. The magnificent location and happy, relaxed atmosphere help to create lasting memories and everyone leaves with their spirits raised.
ATTENDING THE GARDEN PARTY
We also invite regimental and military associations, veterans’ organisations, Personnel Recovery Centres/Units, rehab troops and other service charities to nominate members or service users for our events. We therefore additionally recommend contacting your local military association to express your interest in The Not Forgotten’s events.
The dress code for men is lounge suit or blazer with tie and smart trousers.
For women, we advise a summer dress / skirt, or a trouser suit, with a hat or fascinator. Shoulders should be covered.
For Serving Personnel:
Uniform or lounge suits / blazers may be worn:
RN – 1B
RM – 1B (Lovats)
Army – Service Dress (No.2)
RAF – No. 1 Service Dress