Bish Libby Meets Queen at garden party May 2015

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undefinedThe Bishop of Stockport is pictured with her husband the Revd George Lane chatting with the Queen at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace. Bishop Libby and George were among guests at the Queen's second garden party of the season on May 28.

Garden parties take place between 4pm and 6pm each summer, when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, host guests.

After the playing of the national anthem, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with other members of the Royal Family, circulate among the guests through 'lanes' at the garden parties. Each takes a different route and random presentations are made so that everyone has an equal chance of speaking to Her Majesty and members of her family.

Bishop Libby said: “It was an honour to attend the garden party at  Buckingham Palace and meet the Queen. I was there as the guest of my husband George who had been invited in recognition of his role as the coordinating  Chaplain at Manchester Airport. Her Majesty was very interested to hear about the work that the airport team do to combat human trafficking. I spent the rest of the day being approached by people who wanted to share their delight that the Church of England was now consecrating men and women to the episcopate.”

At a typical garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Some 400 waiting staff are involved in the serving.

Photograph by John Stillwell – reproduced by kind permission of the Press Association