The royal family will be standing in for The Queen at garden parties this summer

Members of the Royal Family will stand in for the Queen when the traditional garden parties return this summer. The Queen has cut back on several engagements in recent months mobility problems.

The first garden party in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year is set to take place next Wednesday at Buckingham Palace. It is the first time in 3 years that members of the public have been invited to the Queen’s garden parties. The parties are used to recognise and reward public service among members of the public, with guests nominated by a network of sponsors.

The decision for other royals to host the parties comes after the Queen reached the 70th year of her reign. She celebrated her 96th birthday privately on 21 April at her Sandringham estate.

Last October, the monarch spent a night in the hospital. For 3 months doctors’ orders were to only carry out light duties, missing prominent events.