The Royal Family have entered the Palace of Westminster where they will dine on a right royal feast of delicacies, at a prestigious luncheon held as part of the latest round of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Queen will be joined by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka Prince William and Catherine, and Prince Harry. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, will not attend as he is currently being treated in hospital for a bladder infection, after being admitted there last night.
The prestigious lunch is being hosted by the Livery, and the Royals will be joined by around 700 guests made up of people from around the country whose trade, craft or procession is represented by one of the many different liveries taking part in the event. This includes grocers and gunmakers to fruiterers and fishmongers.
The esteemed guests will dine on a selection of delicious British fare, which includes Welsh mountain lamb, Uist Island salmon, and Isle of Wight asparagus.
The food will be accompanied by a selection of sparkling wine, as well as delicious white and red wines, and Sandringham apple juice. Noticeably absent from the menu however is the Queen’s favourite drink – gin and dubonnet, which she is rumoured to enjoy before lunch every day!
Ceylon tea from a bush planted by The Duke of Edinburgh during a State Visit to Sri Lanka in 1954 in the Pedro Tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya, will be served alongside coffee and petit fours after the meal.
The Royals will enjoy a performance from The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain during the lunch.
The Queen travelled to the lunch, staged in Westminster Hall, following a reception at Mansion House, while Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry travelled from another reception held at Guildhall. Earlier the day they attended a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
After the lunch the family will travel to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession. The Queen, Prince Charles, and Camilla will make their way there in the 1902 state landau carriage, while other Royals will follow in different carriages.
Then the Royals will take to the balcony of Buckingham Palace for an RAF flypast. There were fears that this could be cancelled due to poor weather, but at this time it looks like the festivities should be undisturbed.
The Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster: full menu
First canapés will be served with the following drinks:
• Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2007, Sparkling English Wine
• Sandringham Apple Juice
• Marinated Uist Island Salmon with Lyme Bay Crab
• Fresh Herb Salad with Lemon Soy Dressing
• Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc, Bué Loire Valley, France 2011
• Saddle of Welsh Cambrian Mountain Lamb with Braised Shoulder of Lamb
• Grilled Isle of Wight Asparagus, Jersey Royal Potatoes, Jubilee Sauce
• Château Cap de Faugères, Côte-de-Castillon, France 2007
Followed by a Symphony of Dessert
• Chocolate Délice
• Bread & Butter Pudding
• Berry Compote with Sandringham Apple Sauce
• Ceylon Tea,
• Fairtrade Coffee
• Petit Fours
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