This Is the Reason Prince Charles Hosted the Annual Palace Garden Party Instead of Queen Elizabeth

First, where was our invite?

Phew. OK, now that we've gotten that off our chest, we can inform you that Prince Charles hosted the annual Buckingham Palace Garden Party on Wednesday, taking over the royal duty from his mother Queen Elizabeth.

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The first in line to the throne hosted the party, which is the first of several garden parties held at B.P. each year, instead of the queen, who typically hosts. The next two garden parties will take place on May 21 and May 29, and then one in Scotland at the Palace of the Holyroodhouse on July 3. Queen Elizabeth, while always looking garden-party ready in her brightly colored dress suits, handed off this engagement to her son—and here's why.

Since she's had a couple recent engagements, including a Royal Windsor Horse Show—meeting new royal great-grandkid Archie and attending a service for The Order of Merit alongside Prince Philip—it's only fitting that she let the Prince of Wales take a few things off her plate for the time being. Since he's next in line for the throne, Charles will continue to host major parties and events for the Royal Family after he succeeds Queen Elizabeth.

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Instead, Charles attended with animal-whisperer Camilla Parker Bowles and his sister Princess Anne. According to the palace, around 27,000 cups of tea are served and 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed during the event.

Again, totally okay if it got lost in the mail...but we'd just really like some closure about this invite business.

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