Edinburgh College students serve the Queen at Royal Garden Party

A group of Cookery, Events and Hospitality students grabbed the chance of a lifetime as they served the Queen and her guests at a Royal Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Around 20 students took on a number of kitchen and front of house roles at the event which was attended by around 10,000 people on the day, they were overseen by the Master of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace.

It’s the eighth year that students from Edinburgh College have been involved in the seamless running of the Queen’s Garden Party, with many students gaining more regular work opportunities as a result of being involved.

The event, which is managed by Heritage Portfolio – a college industry partner, is part of the Queen’s annual visit to various parts of Scotland during which she meets thousands of people from all walks of life and hosts them in recognition of their hard work.

Students who worked at the event were presented with a work experience certificate from Heritage Portfolio and were praised for their professionalism.

Hospitality lecturer Richard Morris said: “We’re delighted for our students to be a part of such a high profile event, one which is a mainstay in the Royal Family’s calendar. The opportunity for them to work alongside the Master of the Royal Household and staff from Heritage Portfolio is invaluable and one I’m sure our students will never forget.

“It’s vital that our students are provided opportunities outside of the curriculum to help them further develop the skills they learn at college and ready them for the world of work.”