Every year, The Queen welcomes thousands into the grounds of Buckingham Palace as a way to recognise and reward public service. This year, Liberty's leader Dale Willis was one of the guests rubbing shoulders with royalty.

To grab an invite to one of The Queen's garden parties isn't an easy task - you have to be nominated by a member of the public and then selected by a Lord Lieutenant. Although we don't know who nominated Dale, we do know it was for his work with Liberty. "Liberty Drum Corps was started 10 years ago with an idea and a grant request to Northampton Community Foundation", said Dale. Since then, Liberty has given so many local young people the opportunity to make music, perform and create lifelong friendships.

On the day, Dale got the chance to mingle with other recognised guests over many cups of tea - and the palace were more than prepared. According to The Royal Household, around 27,00 cups of tea are served at a royal garden party! Dale even caught a glimpse of The Queen herself as she walked over to the royal tea tent.

A wonderful royal way to celebrate Dale's success with Liberty.

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