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Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at the garden party for Olympians, Paralympians and London 2012 officials (PA)

Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at the garden party for Olympians, Paralympians and London 2012 officials (PA)

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The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge at the garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (PA)

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge at the garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (PA)

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The Duchess of Cambridge, who is seven months pregnant, talks to guests (PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is seven months pregnant, talks to guests (PA)

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The Duchess of Cornwall, in yellow, is surrounded by well-wishers in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (PA)

The Duchess of Cornwall, in yellow, is surrounded by well-wishers in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (PA)

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Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at the garden party for Olympians, Paralympians and London 2012 officials (PA)

The Queen has hosted the first Buckingham Palace garden party of the summer for Olympians, Paralympians and London 2012 officials.

The Duchess of Cambridge, seven months pregnant, joined the Queen along with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Kate attended her first garden party last year, and for Wednesday afternoon's event could be seen wearing a lemon Emilia Wickstead coat.

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington, two-time Olympic gold medallist and double bronze medal winner at the London Games, joked that the garden party was almost the "last hurrah" for the Olympics. Adlington, who has met the Queen on many occasions, said: "I've never been to the garden party before - it feels like we are milking it quite a lot! This is the last hurrah almost for the games." The now-retired swimmer joked that she was enjoying the party as "I never get to come to this again".

Other Olympians at the party included Helen Glover, the rower who won Team GB's first gold at the Games, and gold medal-winning shooter Peter Wilson.

Around 8,000 guests were at the Palace for the event, including everyone from diplomats to dinner ladies in one of the highlights of the Queen's calendar. After the playing of the national anthem at 4pm, the royals mingled with the guests.

The Queen, who was wearing a Karl Ludwig pale pink summer tweed dress with a matching coat, met Kate Granger, who raised £62,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre as part of her "bucket list" after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Kate, 31 from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said she was "delighted" to have met the Queen. "I've still no idea who put me forward for this, but it's been such a wonderful day and an honour," she said. "The Queen asked me about my fundraising, and how we had raised the money. My bucket list was much more normal than this so I could have never dreamt I would be here."

The Queen then met Tracey Wilson from Charnock, South Yorkshire, who helped to raise £250,000 for a children's play centre. Tracey, 46, said: "It's been absolutely wonderful and a privilege to be here. She was really interested in what we had achieved and how we had done it and congratulated us on our work. It's great to have been nominated by someone in the community."

The Duchess of Cambridge, wearing the Emilia Wickstead silk coat with three quarter length sleeves and decorated with a yellow and white abstract check pattern, attended the event without the Duke of Cambridge. Kate also spoke with guests at the party including staff from the National Portrait Gallery, where she is a patron and a portrait of her is on display.