In a tradition which dates back to 1921, we are hugely privileged to be permitted to hold our annual Christmas Tea Party for War Pensioners in the State Apartments of St. James’s Palace.

This allows us to entertain approximately 300 serving and ex-service men and women of all ages and their guests in the presence of at least one senior member of the Royal Family.

A superb afternoon tea is served as magicians, singers, caricaturists, balloonists, celebrities and a military quartet provide the entertainment. Our guests enjoys the happy, relaxed atmosphere, exchanging stories and experiences, making new friends and renewing acquaintances.

The Party is also an opportunity for injured service men and women to mix with others who may be going through the same difficulties and experiences as they are.

During the afternoon our Royal Guests make their way through the magnificent Throne, Entrée and Queen Anne Rooms, chatting to our guests at their tables and delighting them with their clearly genuine interest.

After tea and the departure of the Royal Party, our guests then enjoy a high quality variety concert in the Picture Gallery and everyone leaves with their spirits raised.

The Christmas Tea Party has always been a privilege which the charity greatly appreciates as it gives wounded service men and women a special treat at this significant time of year and is one of the highlights in our busy annual calendar.