The new Duchess of Edinburgh hosted a special garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, paying tribute to those who have made immense sacrifices for their country.
The Duchess of Edinburgh arrived in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to host a garden party for members of the Not Forgotten Association. Here, she stands for the national anthem on her arrival.
The Not Forgotten Association is a charity that provides entertainment, leisure, and recreation opportunities for wounded, injured, or sick service members, as well as for veterans with disabilities.
Duchess Sophie met many members of the association during the garden party, including 98-year-old World War II veteran Robert Piper. During the party, Piper told reporters that working with the charity is an important part of his life: “I feel I owe something to the community. I’m still alive and my mates never came back, so I’ve got to give something back. I’m hoping to get to 100 so I can get a card off Charles!”
Sophie even got to meet a guide dog companion of one of the veterans in attendance.
For the party, Sophie was elegant in a misty gray ensemble. Her coat dress was made by one of her favorite designers, Suzannah London.
She has worn the coat and hat together on previous occasions, including a service of thanksgiving in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday in June 2016.
For the garden party, Sophie accessorized with a pair of earrings, a pendant necklace, and delicate chain bracelets.
The earrings that Sophie chose coordinated with the gray hues of her outfit.
Here’s a closer look at the earrings, which feature a modern textured gold stud and a faceted, smoky gemstone drop.
Sophie also wore a necklace with a pavé-set diamond handbag pendant charm, made by Hermes. The necklace has been in her collection for several years.
Here’s one more look at Sophie’s elegant garden party ensemble.