As if this nation’s newspapers could let you forget, the wedding of the year is fast approaching. Though the question on most of the country’s minds may be on what Meghan Markle will be wearing as she walks down the aisle in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, here at Fed Up & Drunk, as always, we are more focused on the culinary side of the occasion.
Though most of us aren’t lucky enough to get an invite or taste the no-doubt delicious dishes being served up to the fortunate few in attendance, to help you fantasise about what a royal wedding feast is like, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite royal wedding menus throughout history.
Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon
One of the luckier wives of Henry VIII who managed to leave her marriage with her head still connected to her neck, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s wedding feast was one for the history books. Famed for his fondness for food, his first marriage of six was an extravagant occasion. A three-day banquet, the showstopper was roasted swan which was stuffed with a lark, which itself was stuffed with a sparrow.
George VI and The Queen Mother
With dishes named after royal family members, this wedding was regal in every sense of the word. Starting with soup (Consommé á la Windsor), and followed by salmon (Suprèmes de Saumon Reine Mary), lamb cutlets (Côtelettes d’Agneau Prince Albert), and Scottish-style capons (Chapons á la Strathmore), in case there was any forgetting where they were, the meals were there to remind guests that this was a feast fit for a king.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip
Despite their wedding taking place in post-war Britain, a time of austerity for most, Queen Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Phillip didn’t hold back; a true celebration to help lift the nation’s spirits. The feast consisted of a fish starter named after Prince Phillip (filet de sole Mountbatten) with a partridge casserole to follow.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana
THE event of the 80s, an estimated 750 million people globally watched Princess Diana tie the knot to Prince Charles and this fairytale occasion had a magical menu to match. With a light three-course breakfast consisting of quenelle of brill in lobster sauce, chicken breast stuffed with lamb mousse, and traditional strawberries and cream, the 120 guests invited to the wedding did not go hungry. Cake also played a big part, with 27 to choose from including their wedding cake – an elegant fruitcake standing at five-feet tall and covered in white icing.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Fergie’s fabulous wedding feast featured Eggs Drumkilbo (the Queen Mother’s favourite dish) consisting of a mold of egg, aspic, and lobster, followed by lamb with mint sauce, new potatoes, and strawberries with cream. This was topped off by a sensational six-tiered wedding cake.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding was a true spring celebration. The first course of this feast featured marinated salmon with crab, fresh herb salad, and wild langoustines. For main, guests were served organic lamb with spring vegetables, potatoes, English asparagus and Windsor sauce, with a trio of tasty treats for dessert: sherry trifle, honey ice cream, and a chocolate parfait.