What’s on the menu for a proper British royal wedding?


Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had a 9-foot-tall, 500-pound cake made with ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides and then dispersed to charities after the ceremonies. Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips’ 1973 wedding included a cake that was made to be the exact height of the bride—five-feet six-inches tall. And Prince Charles and Diana celebrated with 27 cakes. Most were gifts, and in keeping with tradition, the cakes were distributed to charities, schools and hospitals across the country. Prince William and Kate’s eight-tier fruit cake was designed by the celebrity baker Fiona Cairns.

What’s in store for Harry and Meghan?

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, where Prince Harry held Master of Ceremonies duties, probably offers a good blueprint for the next royal wedding. Three receptions were held at Buckingham Palace, beginning with the wedding breakfast, followed by the Queen’s luncheon, and then an intimate evening reception hosted by Prince Charles.

Expect the ingredients to be locally sourced from throughout the United Kingdom. But while the UK is building its reputation as a wine region specializing in bubbly, the last century of wedding wine pairings indicate that the wines will probably be French. William and Kate chose the champagne Pol Roger NV, a favorite of Winston Churchill. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might also consider that the oldest royal warrant, a designation for official vendors to the royal family, went to the Champagne Lanson Pére Et Fils, and was issued in 1760.

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