Each year the New Zealand High Commission is allocated a limited number of invitations or tickets for New Zealand citizens to attend Royal Events in the United Kingdom.




Information on how and when to apply for Royal Events will appear on this page when details are known.      

Due to the limited number of invitations or tickets available, the High Commission runs an electronic ballot for all events. Applications can only be made through this website via an online form. 

The results of every ballot are final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding its outcome.

Royal Garden Parties

Buckingham Palace - Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
Buckingham Palace - Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

In 2018 the Royal Garden Parties will be held on Tuesday 15 May, Thursday 31 May and Tuesday 05 June at Buckingham Palace, London.

Applications have now closed.

Both successful and unsuccessful ballot applicants are advised by email.  Please note that we receive on average four times more applications than available invitations. 

If you have not received an email notification we recommend checking your spam folder.

Invitations are collected from New Zealand House by the successful applicants and their guests on the day of their Garden Party between 11am and 2pm.

Dress code

The dress code for men attending Royal Garden Parties is morning dress or service uniform; however a dark lounge suit is also acceptable. 

Ladies are requested to wear a day dress with hat or service uniform (trousers are not usually worn). Gloves are optional.

Queen's Birthday Parades - Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

Each year, the New Zealand High Commission receives a small allocation of tickets for the two Queen's Birthday Parade ceremonies which we make available by public ballot for New Zealanders visiting or resident in the United Kingdom.  

The parades are The Colonel's Review, which is the final dress rehearsal, and Trooping the Colour, which the Queen attends.    Both events are run by The Household Division (external link) - the seven British Army Regiments serving her Majesty.   

Both events commence around 10.00am in Horse Guards Parade between Whitehall and St James’s Park, London.  Guests will be instructed to arrive earlier in order to be seated in time.  The events last approximately two hours and finish at approximately 12.30pm.  Trooping the Colour is followed by a fly-past at 1pm.  

Ticket applications for both Queen's Birthday Parades – The Colonel’s Review and Trooping the Colour – have now closed. 

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive an email notification in due course.

This ballot is for seated tickets at Horse Guards Parade.  The public may watch the parade to and from Buckingham Palace without a ticket from standing space along its route.  Further information about the parade is available at The Household Division (external link).

PHOTO CREDIT:  ©Official Site of The Household Division (external link)