New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

Royal Events

Each year the New Zealand High Commission is allocated a limited number of invitations or tickets for New Zealand citizens to attend Royal Events in the United Kingdom. 

These events include:

  • Royal Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace
  • Queen’s Birthday Parades:  Trooping the Colour and Colonel’s Review
  • Royal Ascot

**Information about the 2015 events and application dates for tickets will be posted in the news section on the home page of this website as soon as details are known. **

How to apply

Those wanting to apply to any of these Royal Events should monitor the news section on the home page of this website for information on how they can apply and when each ballot will open.

Due to the limited number of invitations or tickets available, the High Commission runs an electronic ballot for all events.   Applications can only be made through this website via an online form. 

The results of every ballot are final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding its outcome.

Royal Garden Parties

Applications for invitations to attend the Royal Garden Parties in 2015 have closed.   They opened at 9.00am (UK time) on Friday 13 February and closed at 9.00am (UK time) on Tuesday 17 February, 2015.  Emails were sent to the successful and unsuccessful applicants on 26 February 2015.

This year the Royal Garden Parties will be held on Tuesday 12 May, Wednesday 20 May and Thursday 28 May at Buckingham Palace, London.

Invitations can only be collected by the successful applicants from New Zealand House on the day of the garden party.  We remind the successful applicants to carefully read the security and dress code information sent with their email, as well as the collection instructions.  

Dress code

The dress code for men attending Royal Garden Parties is morning dress or service uniform; however a dark lounge suit is also acceptable.  Ladies are requested to wear a day dress with hat or service uniform (trousers are not normally worn). Gloves are optional.

Photography is not permitted at the Garden Parties. Those attending are asked not to bring cameras.

Queen's Birthday Parades - Trooping the Colour

There are two Queen's Birthday Parade ceremonies - the Colonel's Review, which is the final dress rehearsal, and Trooping the Colour, which the Queen attends.  Every year the New Zealand High Commission is allocated a very limited number of tickets for New Zealand citizens to attend the two parades.  Both events commence around mid-morning in Horse Guards Parade between Whitehall and St James’s Park, London. The parade lasts approximately one hour, but you will be at Horse Guards for around two hours.

The dates and costs in 2015 will be:

Colonel’s Review: Saturday 06 June 2015
Salute taken by HRH The Prince of Wales
Cost: £10 each ticket

Trooping of the Colour: Saturday 13 June 2015
Salute taken by HM The Queen
Cost: £30 each ticket

Tickets and Prices

We anticipate the ballot for tickets to open in early March 2015.   Please monitor the news section on the home page of this website for dates and information.  

There are strict conditions and requirements for applications. We strongly advise that you read the eligibility and application criteria very carefully before submitting your application.

The basic requirements are:

  • The principal applicant must be a New Zealander with a New Zealand passport.
  • You must only apply once as the principal applicant. The proposed guest should not apply separately.
  • You must not apply if you have attended Trooping of the Colour previously.
  • Any children attending must occupy an individual seat.  (Please note this event is not suitable for young children.)
  • Tickets are non-transferable.   No money can be refunded if the ceremony is cancelled for reasons beyond the control of the organiser.

Successful ballot applicants are advised by email.  Please note that we receive on average four times more applications than we have tickets available. 

If successful in the ballot, payment can be made either by posting a verified cheque (provide your credit card details on the reverse, or use a bank cheque) to the New Zealand High Commission;  or by verified cheque or cash payment in person at the High Commission on dates yet to be determined.  The High Commission is not able to accept credit or debit card payments. 

Payment information will be repeated on the email sent to the successful applicants.

Please note that this ballot is for seated tickets at Horseguards Parade.  The public may watch the parade to and from Buckingham Palace without a ticket from standing space along its route.  Further information about the parade is available at

Dress code

Dress Code for Men:
Colonel’s Review – Lounge Suit or Jacket and Trousers.  No denim.
Trooping the Colour – Morning Dress, a lounge suit or jacket and trousers. Military personnel may wear ceremonial Day or other Service equivalent.  No denim.
Dress code for Ladies:
There is no specific dress code for ladies, however most wear a smart day dress, skirt and top, or a trouser suit. A hat or gloves are not required. No denim.
Non-compliance with the dress code may result in the ticket-holder being refused entry. 

Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 20 June 2015.  The New Zealand High Commission is invited to submit a list of New Zealand nationals who wish to attend Royal Ascot in the Royal Enclosure.  We run a ballot for this privilege.  The successful applicants will receive a badge request form which will entitle you to buy tickets for the Royal Enclosure.  More details are below.

Please DO NOT APPLY YET to be considered for a badge request form.  Please monitor the news section on the home page of this website for more information and for application dates.  

Because of the high demand and security requirements for the Royal Enclosure, we are required to undertake a rigorous application process.

To apply for tickets in 2015 you will need to:

  • Complete and print an application form which will be accessed by a link when applications open
  • Enclose a photocopy of the photo page of your New Zealand passport
  • Supply a letter of recommendation

You will need to send all three documents and a self addressed envelope to the Consular Adviser, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TQ  by the advertised closing date. Please also note that guests must be in your immediate dependent family.

Letters of recommendation are an important part of your application. They should:

  • be from a professional person who has known the applicant at least two years, e.g. Members of Parliament, Justices of the Peace, public servants, military personnel, doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers.
  • provide a character reference and confirm your suitability to attend Royal Ascot.
  • preferably be on letterhead.
  • include full contact details for your referee, including occupation and passport number.
  • Letters from members of the applicant's immediate family and employment references are not acceptable.
  • It is preferable that the referee is also a New Zealand citizen, but not absolutely necessary.

If letters of recommendation do not meet these requirements or are poorly presented, your application will be rejected.   Please note that married couples do not need separate letters of recommendation but the letters must refer to both partners.

Children between the ages of 10 - 16 years inclusive are not admitted to the Royal Enclosure, except on the Friday or Saturday of the Royal Meeting when they may accompany an adult who has a Royal Enclosure Badge. Children’s badges (within this age group) are free of charge and can be collected on Friday/Saturday from any of the Royal Enclosure Enquiry Offices.

Photography is not permitted within the Royal Enclosure.  

Tickets and Prices

Successful applicants in the 2015 ballot for the Royal Enclosure will receive a badge request form from the High Commission.  You must complete this form and submit it to the Royal Enclosure Office together with payment.  No payment should be sent to the New Zealand High Commission.

If you are unsuccessful in your application please remember that tickets for the public areas and Grandstand can be brought directly from the Royal Ascot website.   

2015 prices will be posted here as soon as they are known - the following are the prices for 2014:

Dates and prices for 2014 Royal Ascot Race Meeting (Royal Enclosure Badge) 17 - 21 June

One day admission: £100.00; Three day admission (Tues-Thurs only) £235; Five day admission: £370.00

Juniors (17–25 years incl): One day admission: £70.00 (Tues–Fri); £45.00 (Sat);
Three day admission (Tues–Thurs): £165.00; Five day admission: £240.00

Children (10–16 yrs incl): Fri/Sat only, admission free

Badges for entry will be sent directly to the successful applicants from the Royal Enclosure Office by registered post, or you can collect them from the Racecourse. If the day you selected has reached capacity, the Royal Enclosure Office will request a second day choice.

Please note: Once badges are allocated they cannot be refunded and are strictly non-transferable between race days or to other people. 

Dress code

Ladies are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a formal occasion. This means that: dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer; Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch wide or greater; Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch wide (2.5cm) are not permitted;  Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code; Midriffs must be covered; Trouser suits are welcome (they should be of full length and of matching material and colour); Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of four inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat; Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (four inches/10cm).

Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include: A waistcoat and tie (no cravats); A black or grey top hat: and black shoes.

Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal National Dress of their country or Service Dress.
Serving Military Personnel are welcome to wear Service Dress or equivalent.

Those not complying with the dress code will be asked to leave the Royal Enclosure and their Royal Enclosure badge will be removed.

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