On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, Lord and Lady Carnarvon hosted a fabulous Vintage Garden Party, and I was privileged to attend and photograph the first day of the weekend. Both guests and staff entered into the spirit of things by wearing 1920s outfits, and I could not help but notice how many visitors had travelled from abroad to visit the Castle for the special occasion!
The Gatsby Girls entertained everyone with their Charleston steps, and many visitors got to their feet to learn a fun routine taught by the girls and guys. With a fabulous vintage carousel, a little Citroen van serving cocktails, croquet on the lawn, a classic car display, a brass band, a best dressed competition judged by Lady Carnarvon, and in true British fashion, a display from the Yateley Morris Dancers, the rain clouds couldn't dampen anyone's spirits! ... they did make for some dramatic backgrounds!
Inside the Castle, a pianist played on the Steinway in the dining room, and there was a display of historic clothing. As photography for visitors is not permitted within the Castle, I won't be sharing any of my images from within side (they are for the use of the Castle only). There is only one thing for it... you will just have to make a visit so you can see the grandeur and splendour of Highclere Castle for yourself!
So, with Lady Carnarvon's kind permission, here are a selection of images from the day!