BNP leader Nick Griffin will attend the Queen’s Royal Garden Party, despite heavy condemnation from anti-fascist groups, saying that his presence at the event will be “for the patriots”.

Griffin, leader of the far right British National Party (BNP), automatically received a ticket to the Royal Garden Party due to being an elected member of the European parliament.

However protestors are disgusted that the leader of the anti-immigration BNP will be allowed to attend the royal party and urged Buckingham palace to “take a long hard look” at the decision to send the invitation to Griffin.

“Events like this help to make Nick Griffin and the BNP seem legitimate in the eyes of racist voters,” said campaign group Unite Against Fascism.

Griffin is due to attend the Queen’s Garden Party this afternoon with three family members. The BNP leader seemed to be basking in the credibility that his invitation has given him.

“This event shows just how far this party has come in the last few years but I won’t be at the Palace for myself or my family,” crowed Griffin.

“No! I will be there to represent the patriots who made this possible; I’ll be there for you.

“I’ll be there for all the stout-hearted men and women who down through the turbulent years tramped the streets with me in all weathers knocking doors, and those who ran the gauntlets of hate wherever we went.”

Last year, Griffin pulled out of the Royal Garden Party following a public outcry, claiming he had “no wish to embarrass the Queen”.

However, this year he has no such qualms.