Smiling Queen and Prince Harry welcome Cricket World Cup captains to Buckingham Palace garden party

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THE Queen and new dad Prince Harry welcomed the Cricket World Cup captains at her majesty’s annual royal garden party at Buckingham Palace today.

The royal, 93, and the Duke of Sussex have met captains of each World Cup team ahead of the start of the tournament on Thursday morning at the palace.

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Smiling Queen Elizabeth II arrives for a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace[/caption]

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The Queen pictured with ICC Cricket World Cup captains, from Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Afghanistan, West Indies, Australia, England, and India[/caption]

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The Queen enjoyed a lovely afternoon with her grandchildren Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice[/caption]

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The Duke of Sussex meets England cricket captain Eoin Morgan (centre), Australia captain Aaron Finch (left), Bangladesh captain Masrafe Bin Mortaza (second left) and India captain Virat Kohli (right)[/caption]

The official Twitter account for the Royal Family tweeted images of the 10 captains, including England skipper Eoin Morgan.

The tweet read: “This afternoon, The Queen and The Duke of Sussex met @cricketworldcup team captains at Buckingham Palace ahead of the start of the tournament tomorrow.”

England begin the tournament by taking on South Africa at the Oval.

BREAK FROM DAD DUTIES

Her majesty opted for a blush pink ensemble to welcome the balmy weather that is expected to hit Britain.

Harry, 34, who welcomed baby Archie with wife Meghan, 37, earlier this month, took a break from dad duties to join his grandmother in welcoming guests at the star-studded royal event.

Princess Beatrice, 30, and Princess Eugenie, 29, also joined the guest list, dressed in floral and neutral gowns.

Royal garden parties provide opportunities for royals to speak to a broad range of people who have made a positive impact in their community.

A ROYAL AFFAIR

At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed.

The garden party tradition was started in the 1860s by Queen Victoria, who called the events “breakfasts”.

The Duke of Sussex can be seen looking dapper in a lavish black suit and white shirt.

The Prince shook hands with England cricket captain Eoin Morgan, Australia captain Aaron Finch, Bangladesh captain Masrafe Bin Mortaza and India captain Virat Kohli.

The annual Buckingham Palace garden parties, started in the 1860s by Queen Victoria, are a way of recognising and rewarding public service.

Guests sip tea on the Palace’s lawn while enjoying sounds of the live military band.

The Queen invites 30,000 people to attend the parties each year, and last year 8,000 guests attended the first event of the season.


The garden party is the third one this summer, with two more scheduled for June and July, one of which will be held at Holyrood Palace.

The International Cricket World Cup for One Day International cricket is held every four years, therefore this year in a special one with regards to the cricket season.

All members of the International Cricket Council can enter, competing in this year’s tournament are: England, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan,Afghanistan, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

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Her majesty shakes hands with West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder[/caption]

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Princesses Beatrice, 30, and Eugenie, 29, also joined the guest list, dressed in floral and neutral gowns[/caption]

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The Duke of Sussex can be seen looking dapper in a lavish black suit and white shirt[/caption]

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The Queen invites 30,000 people to attend the parties each year, and last year 8,000 guests attended the first event of the season[/caption]

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Smiling Prince Harry took a day off from parenting duties to attend the party[/caption]

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The Queen sported a blush pink ensemble, and even colour-coordinated her umbrella with her dress[/caption]

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