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 2017 the Royal Garden Parties will be held on Tuesday 16 May, Tuesday 23 May and Thursday 01 June at Buckingham Palace, London. 

Invitations

The 2017 ballot is closed and all applicants have been notified by email.

We receive a very limited quantity of invitations each year and demand always exceeds supply.   Invitations to attend a Garden Party are free and are allocated by the High Commission via an electronic ballot.  All attendees must be over the age of 18.   There are strict conditions and requirements for applications.

Please note these basic requirements: 

  • The principal applicant must be a New Zealander with a current New Zealand passport.
  • You must only apply once as the principal applicant. The proposed guest should not apply separately.
  • You cannot apply if you have attended a Garden Party previously.
  • Applications will be rejected if they are filled out incorrectly, are incomplete, your name is submitted multiple times, or our records show previous attendance.
  • Garden Party invitations are strictly non-transferable.
  • Full eligibility and application criteria can be found 2017 Royal Garden Party (external link).
  • We strongly advise that you read it very carefully before submitting your application.

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

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

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. 

Photography is not permitted at the Garden Parties. Those attending are asked not to bring cameras. More security information will be advised to the successful applicants.

Queen's Birthday Parades - Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour

There are two Queen's Birthday Parade ceremonies for which New Zealander citizens can apply for tickets through the High Commission: the Colonel's Review, which is the final dress rehearsal, and Trooping the Colour, which the Queen attends.   Both events commence around mid-morning in Horse Guards Parade between Whitehall and St James’s Park, London. The parade lasts approximately one hour, but guests will be at Horse Guards for around two hours.

Tickets and Prices

Colonel’s Review: Saturday 10 June 2017

Cost: £10 each ticket

Trooping of the Colour: Saturday 17 June 2017

Cost: £35 each ticket

The 2017 ballot will open from Friday 07 April 2017 – Friday 14 April 2017

Detailed information on ballot criteria and eligibility is available on the following link below. 

We strongly advise that you read the eligibility and application criteria very carefully before submitting your application.  The application form will appear on the same link.  

The basic requirements are:

  • The principal applicant must be a New Zealander with a current New Zealand passport.
  • You must only apply once as the principal applicant. The proposed guest should not apply separately.
  • You cannot apply if you have attended Trooping of the Colour previously.
  • Any children attending must occupy an individual seat.  (Please note this event is not suitable for babies or young children.)
  • Tickets are non-transferable.   No money can be refunded if the ceremony is cancelled for reasons beyond the control of the organiser.

Successful ballot applicants are advised by email.  Please note that we receive on average four times more applications than we have tickets available.

Payment can be made by in person at the High Commission on dates yet to be determined, or posted to the High Commission.  We cannot process credit or debit card payments. Payment information will be repeated on the email sent to the successful applicants. 

Please note that 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).

Dress Code:

Colonel’s Review – Lounge Suit or Jacket and Trousers.  No denim. Equivalent for the ladies.

Trooping the Colour – Morning Dress, a lounge suit, or jacket and trousers. Military personnel may wear ceremonial Day or other Service equivalent.  No denim. Equivalent for the ladies. Most wear a smart day dress, skirt and top, or a trouser suit. Hats are optional, but recommended especially in hot weather.

Non-compliance with the dress code may result in the ticket-holder being refused entry.