By Joanne Ellul
Community matron Ann Jones was nominated by the Queen's Nursing Institute, who had previously given her a Queen's Nurse award. This was for her commitment to providing high quality, patient-centred care.
Ms Jones, who works at Newcastle PCT, was invited to the event on 14 July for recognition of her services to nursing.
The garden party is one of a number held during the summer by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate the work of public servants or others who have contributed to the well-being of the nation.
Ms Jones said: 'I was very honoured to be asked to the garden party, it was a fantastic day and followed months of preparation shopping for outfits.'
As a community matron, Ms Jones provides specialist community services to patients with COPD. This involves working closely with patients and other health professionals to enable care to be provided at home and to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital.
Lyn Dixon, executive nurse for NHS North of Tyne said: ‘Ann is part of a dedicated team of community matrons who are providing high quality care to patients to enable them to remain in their own homes. I am delighted that she had the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace and thank her for being an ambassador of Newcastle PCT at this prestigious event.'