Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family presided over a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 30, 2013. The annual garden parties are held to recognize contributions by citizens to their local communities. The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie of York, and the Princess Royal. Photos by Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II was presented with a replica of her coronation bouquet in Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2013. A delegation of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, which included David Longman of Longman’s Florists, the firm that made the original bouquet in 1953, met with the queen in the White Drawing Room. Using an oil painting and photographs as references, the bouquet was replicated and presented to a beaming queen in celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of her coronation in Westminster Abbey. Photos by Corbis and Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, London on May 29, 2013. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were helping to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the successful 1953 Ascent on Mount Everest. The royal couple met with families of those who had been members of the Everest Expedition, including Peter Hilary (son of Sir Edmund Hilary) and Jamling Norgay (son of Tenzing Norgay). Photos by Getty Images.
On May 29, 2013, the Duke of Cambridge played polo, his first match of the season. The event, which took place at Chester Racecourse, was in benefit of a local charity. The duke, along with his brother, Prince Harry, is an aficionado of the sport. Their father, Prince Charles, and grandfather, Prince Philip, were also avid polo players. Photos by Bauer Griffin.
King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, visited Groningen and Drenthe, the Netherlands on May 28, 2013 as part of their tour of the Dutch provinces. Queen Maxima wore a jaunty hat that matched the sparkling trimmings of her coat and dress. The king and queen were greeted by thousands of citizens who wished to catch a glimpse of the new monarchs. Photos by Getty Images.
Each year, every last Monday in May, known as Memorial Day in the United States, millions of people in the country remember those members of the Armed Forces who died serving the cause of freedom.
The new king and queen of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander and Maxima, paid an official one-day visit to Luxembourg. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Henri and Maria Teresa, welcomed the couple to their country on May 24, 2013. In an interesting note, both consorts are from Latin American countries. Maxima (nee Zorreguieta) was born in Argentina in 1971 and married Willem-Alexander in 2002. Maria Teresa (nee Mestre) was born in Cuba in 1956 and married Henri in 1981. Photos by Getty Images.