Her Majesty The Queen has been asked to host a Buckingham Palace Garden Party to thank hundreds of COVID-19 keyworkers from across the United Kingdom. It is though the Garden Party will take place next year and local councils have been drawing up thousands of worthy candidates meaning that a lottery style system may be required to whittle down the list.
It is expected that the Garden Party will welcome all sorts of keyworkers including nurses, supermarket workers, binmen and doctors. Under plans being drawn up by the Government, Her Majesty The Queen will host the event.
A Government source told The Mirror, “There’s a firm-held belief that this would be a fitting way to celebrate those people who have sacrificed so much on the front line, whether it be in hospitals, care homes, supermarkets or postal staff working tirelessly to keep our country moving. It is hoped a decision would be made towards the end of the year before proposals could be finalised.”
It is hoped that other senior members of The Royal Family would also attend the event to show their support for keyworkers. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Earl and Countess of Wessex are the names being considered to attend alongside Her Majesty.
It is though the selection process would be similar to that helped to select applicants for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 when there was 240 applicants for each pair of tickets.
Three Garden Parties are usually held at Buckingham Palace each Summer and one is usually held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, all Garden Parties have been cancelled this year.
The Queen is currently isolating at Windsor Castle alongside The Duke of Edinburgh.