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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the High Commission of Canada has put in place measures to protect the health and welfare of our workforce, partners and community. All High Commission events between now and May 15, 2020 are cancelled or postponed until further notice. We will reassess this posture on a regular basis in accordance with guidance from Public Health authorities of the Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause.

Canadians in need of assistance should contact:

Please visit the Frequently asked questions page COVID-19: Advice to travelling Canadians wishing to return home.

For information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada's official outbreak page and check our Travel Advice and Advisories. Make sure to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad to get the latest updates at your destination.

The High Commission works with partners in Canada and the UK to develop exhibitions, talks and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Forthcoming events are listed below, along with some of the latest Canadian cultural events planned for the UK. Please note, we do not take responsibility for events that have not been organized by the High Commission. If you would like us to include your event, please contact: ldn.publicaffairs@international.gc.ca


This winter is filled with exciting and fascinating arts & culture events across the UK, highlighting great Canadian talent from Mac DeMarco to Michael Bublé. For more great arts & culture listings, see our Culture Canada site!


Upcoming Events in the United Kingdom

Calendar of Academic Events

The High Commission works with Academic partners in Canada and the UK to develop conferences, lectures, and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Upcoming academic events relevant to Canada and planned for the UK are listed below. Please note that we do not take responsibility for events that have not been organized by the High Commission. If you would like us to include your academic event relevant to Canada, please contact: academic.london@international.gc.ca.

Royal Events

Each year the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom is issued a limited number of tickets or places to Royal Events taking place that year to allocate to Canadians.

Information on how and when to apply will be posted on this page when these details are available. You are encouraged to check the page regularly and to follow the High Commission on Facebook or Twitter. You can also subscribe to the Canada Plus monthly e-newsletter.

Please note that all events receive far more applications than spaces and a random electronic ballot will be run for each. No correspondence will be entered into over the results of the ballot. If you have any questions, please contact LDN.PublicAffairs@international.gc.ca.

Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we may not be able to respond to your email if the answer is contained in these pages. Please read all information carefully.

In order to streamline applications, the High Commission is using online applications only. All applications must be submitted via the links below. Email or paper applications will not be considered.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted and we may not have a chance to review all applications until after the deadline, therefore please ensure you fill out the form completely.

Before inputting your information, please prepare all your documents. The information on your application form has to match exactly the information on your passport.

The application period is a fixed time period, usually about 2 weeks long.  Applications cannot be accepted before or after this period.

Please note that the online registration systems for some events are held on a third party website. Personal information on this site will be used solely by the High Commission of Canada for the purposes of Royal Events. By completing an application to attend a Royal Event, you give your consent to the High Commission of Canada to process your personal data and share it with the Buckingham Palace for the purpose of nominating you to attend a Royal Event. The data will only be used for the Royal Event nomination process.

Canadians may apply for each of the three Royal Events, if they are eligible for all.

Royal Garden Parties 2020: Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, Buckingham Palace Garden Parties have been cancelled.

Trooping the Colour 2020: Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, there is no audience this year.

Royal Ascot 2020: Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, there is no audience this year.


Royal Garden Parties

Dates for 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Buckingham Palace and Palace of Holyroodhouse Garden Parties have been cancelled this year. All applicants who were successful this year, will be able to attend next year. Once we receive more information on the next steps, we will email all successful applicants directly. Please note that this is not expected until later this year.

Please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants and their designated guest must not have attended a Garden Party previously. We are under strict instructions to ensure that everyone on our nominated list have not attended a Garden Party previously. To avoid embarrassment and disappointment, please do not attempt an application if you have previously attended a Garden Party.
  • Applicants and guests must be over the age of 18
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens with valid Canadian passports who are temporarily residing in the United Kingdom, but are not permanent residents (i.e. individuals with indefinite leave to remain in the UK are not eligible to apply).
    Nominated guests may be of any nationality. All applicants are encouraged to attend with a guest.
  • Applicants may also apply to bring their unmarried, adult children, aged 18-25. Only two children per applicant will be considered.
  • Applications will be rejected if the form is incomplete, if you enter multiple times, if you enter over multiple dates and/or if our records indicate previous attendance.
  • Garden Party invitations are strictly non-transferable. If there is any chance that you or your nominated guest will not be able to attend on the day, please do not apply. If you find yourself unable to attend, your space cannot be re-allocated under any circumstances nor can you attend on a different day. If your guest is unable to attend with you, you cannot nominate another person. Unused invitations must be returned to us for security purposes – failure to return your invitation, if it goes unused, must be reported to the Lord Chamberlain’s office.
  • Older guests or guests with disabilities who require assistance must be accompanied. If you have accessibility concerns, please indicate this on your form as you may be given alternative entry instructions.
  • Please ensure that the information on your application form matches exactly the information on your passport

Only successful applicants will be informed by email. Instructions for invitation collection will follow. Invitations must be collected from Canada House on Trafalgar Square on the date specified in the confirmation email. You and your guest will be asked to present the valid passports you used to apply, and if the information does not match exactly the information given in the application form, we will be unable to release the tickets to you. We are not able to mail your invitations. Detailed dress code information, entry points, security instructions are included in the email sent to all successful applicants. Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we cannot respond to enquiries if the answer can be found in the email or on our website.

General dress code information:
Ladies: Day dress with hat or Uniform (No medals). Trouser suit may be worn. Gloves are optional
Gentlemen: Morning Coat, Lounge Suit or Uniform (No medals).
*National Dress may be worn
*Chains of office may be worn

General entry times:

15:00 – Gates open
15:30 – Tea service begins
18:00 – Event formally ends


Trooping the Colour

Dates for 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, Trooping the Colour will not have an audience this year. Applicants who applied this year will be able to do so again in coming years.

Please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens with valid Canadian passports.
  • Nominated guests may be of any nationality. All applicants are encouraged to attend with a guest.
  • Applicants may apply for two tickets. Up to four tickets can be applied for by one applicant provided this is for immediate family.
  • Children must be over 10 years old to attend Trooping the Colour and over 8 years old to attend the Colonel’s Review. Children must hold an individual ticket. This event is not suitable for babes in arms.
  • You may apply if you have attended the Trooping the Colour parade previously. However, priority will be given to those who have not attended previously. Please note that we anticipate four times the number of applications as spaces, so your chances of attending again are limited.
  • Applications will be rejected if the form is incomplete or if you enter multiple times.
  • Please remember to include a copy of the information page of a valid Canadian passport (main applicant) and the information page of a valid Canadian or foreign passport (each guest). Without these documents, your application will be considered incomplete. If you have an urgent requirement, you may contact us at LDN.affairespubliques@international.gc.ca.
  • Please ensure that the information on the application form matches exactly the information on your passports.

Only successful applicants will be informed by email by 20 March 2020, with instructions on payment methods and ticketing. Detailed dress code information, entry points, security requirements are included on the back of the ticket. Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we cannot respond to enquiries if the information is found on the back of the ticket.

Unsuccessful applicants will be held on a waiting list. If any tickets are returned, they can be reallocated.

Useful information

  • The Parade will take place in Horseguards Parade, Whitehall, SW1A.
  • Ticket holders must be seated by 10:00AM. Late arrivals will not be permitted on the Parade ground.
  • If you have accessibility requirements, please indicate this in your application as alternative instructions will be given.

Royal Ascot

Dates for 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 situation, Royal Ascot will not have an audience this year. The application period for next year will be announced on this page in early 2021.

Attending the Royal Enclosure at Ascot in four steps:

  1. Complete the registration form online and provide scanned passport copies when prompted.
  2. After the deadline, if you are successful, you will be sent a Royal Enclosure Badge Request Form.
  3. Complete the Badge Request Form and send it directly to the Royal Enclosure Office. Do not send the form to the High Commission of Canada. Form sent to the High Commission will not be re-directed on your behalf. You may miss your chance to apply for a badge.
  4. The Royal Enclosure Office will contact you with information on how to obtain your Badge.

Please note the following requirements:

  • Unlike other Royal Events, all members of the party must be Canadian with valid Canadian passports. Foreign nationals can contact their respective embassy or High Commission for information on how to attend. UK Nationals should contact the Ascot Racecourse.
  • If you have attended Ascot for five or more years, you may not need to be nominated on the High Commission’s list. Please contact the Royal Enclosure office at the Ascot Racecourse.
  • Children over the age of 10 may attend. Children aged 10-17 will be issued a children’s badge but may only attend on Thursday 20 June, Friday 21 June or Saturday 22 June.
  • Children under the age of 10 will not be admitted. Proof of age may be requested by the
  • Royal Enclosure Office.
  • Adults between 18-25 can attend on reduced rates. Further information will be provided with the badge request form.

Full details regarding the Royal Enclosure can be found on the Ascot website.

Useful information

Prices for badges in the Royal Enclosure:

  • Adult one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday): £175.00/day
  • Junior (age 18-25) one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday): £115.00/day
  • Children (age 10-17) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only: £30.00/day
  • Car parking: £45.00/day per car

Dress code in the Royal Enclosure is strict. Full details can be found on the Royal Enclosure website. Failure to comply with the dress code may result in the removal of your Royal Enclosure badge.

Please note that the dress code at the Royal Enclosure was modified in 2012. All guests, whether new or returning, are strongly advised to review the dress code carefully.


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Date Modified:
2020-05-13