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 and the Colonel’s Review

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 limited number of tickets for New Zealand citizens to attend the two parades.   In 2015 the Colonel's Review will have HRH The Prince of Wales taking the salute

The dates and costs are:

Colonel’s Review: Saturday 06 June 2014
Salute taken by the HRH The Prince of Wales
Cost: £10 each ticket

Trooping of the Colour: Saturday 14 June 2014
Salute taken by HM The Queen
Cost: £30 each ticket

Both events commence around mid-morning in Horseguards Parade between Whitehall and St James’s Park, London. The parade lasts approximately one hour.


Ticket applications for the Queen’s Birthday Parades – Trooping the Colour, and the Colonel’s Review – open at 9.00am on Friday 17 April, and close at 9.00am on Friday 24 April 2015.

Full eligibility and application criteria can be found at this link.   Tickets will be allocated by electronic ballot.

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. 
  • 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. 

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 from  11th May to 15th May between the hours of 09:00am and 11:00am.  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.

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. 

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 route is available at

Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 20 June 2015.  

Every year the New Zealand High Commission is allocated a limited number of forms for New Zealanders so they can apply for a badge to the Royal Enclosure. 

This year, however, due to unforeseen circumstances and very short notice, we will not be running a ballot to apply for a badge request form for the Royal Enclosure at Ascot.

Instead, New Zealand citizens who are keen to apply, and can fulfil the following criteria, are welcome to email their application to before Friday 15 May.

Please remember – this is a discretionary service we provide to NZ citizens in the UK.  There is no requirement to make the badge request forms available or a guarantee of entry to the Royal Enclosure.  

Tickets for other enclosures at Royal Ascot Race meeting are available from

To apply for a badge request form you will need to:

  • Complete and scan an application form which can be found at the bottom of this page. 
  • Scan the photo page of your New Zealand passport
  • Email the 2 scans to by Friday 15 May
  • Supply a letter of recommendation – this can be sent separately

Please also note that guests must be in your immediate dependent family.
Names cannot be changed or transferred.

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.
  • Married and civil partnership couples do not need separate letters of recommendation but the letters must refer to both partners.

Please note: 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.

Tickets and Prices

Successful applicants 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.

Costs for Royal Ascot Race Meeting are detailed on 

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

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

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

Photography is not permitted within the Royal Enclosure. 

File 2015 Royal Ascot NZ Application Form.docx

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