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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wedding Special—A Step-By-Step Guide To Celebrating the Royal Wedding

Prince William & Princess Catherine
How to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

1.  Wear a tiara with your jammies

2.   Watch the royal wedding online
3.  Watch the royal wedding on TV

4.  Track their schedule on the world clock time zones
  • The groom and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for the Abbey at 10:10am, to arrive five minutes later at 10:15.
  • At 10:20, members of foreign Royal Families will begin to arrive at the Abbey.
  • Also at 10:20, Kate Middleton's mother and brother depart the Goring Hotel.
  • At 10:25, members of the Royal Family begin to leave Buckingham Palace for the Abbey.
  • At 10:51, the bride and her father leave the Goring Hotel for the Abbey, preceded by three minutes by the bridesmaids.
  • At 11:00 the wedding service commences.
  • At 12:15pm, the newlywed Prince William and Princess Catherine will leave by horse-drawn carriage, with the Royal Family following close behind.
  • At 12:30, the newlyweds arrive at Buckingham Palace.
  • At 13:25 Prince William and Princess Catherine will appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to kiss. RAF colleagues will stage a fly-past. The reception finishes at 3:30pm
  • At 7pm, the Prince of Wales hosts a dinner and dance at Buckingham Palace for 250 friends and close relatives.
Our Royal Wedding High Tea
Wedding Day!

5.  Have a high tea 

6.  Listen to their music!  Music for the royal wedding service

    ♬  Procession of the Bride:  I Was Glad  ♫♪

7.  Check out the wedding procession route in 3D on google earth!  Here's the YouTube link in case you can't get google earth:  Royal Wedding Procession Route  

8.  Tweet about it!  Be sure to use the hashtag:  #rw2011

Authenticated twitter sites to follow:

Official royal news twitter:  @ClarenceHouse

Peter Hunt, Royal Correspondent for the BBC:  @BBCPeterHunt

Today Show:  @royalwedding

Katie Nicholl, Royal reporter:  @katienicholl

9.  Send them your best wishes on facebook!  The British Monarchy

10.  Check out their charitable gifts facebook page:  Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund

Mini-Post Thursday—An Invitation to the Royal Wedding

E ‖ R

The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by
The Queen to invite

Don't Steal My Pen

to the Marriage of
His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G.
Miss Catherine Middleton

at Westminster Abbey
on Friday, 29th April, 2011 at 11.00 a.m.

Dress Uniform, Morning Coat
or Lounge Suit

A reply is requested to:
     State Invitations Secretary, Lord Chamberlain's Office,
          Buckingham Palace, London SW 1A  1AA

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for The Home—Royal High Tea

My Moss Rose China
Tea anyone?

In the spirit of the royal wedding, let's celebrate with a fancy high tea!  I've experienced a bonafide British high tea twice in my lifetime.

The first time was at the Roman baths in Bath, England.  Go ahead and click on the virtual tour if you want to see what the ruins actually look like.  Here is the impressive menu for afternoon tea at The Pump Room restaurant on the grounds of the ruins:

Served from 2.30pm to close

Set Afternoon Teas
Traditional Pump Room tea
Selection of tea sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam produced locally from Littledown farm, Bath, Pump Room pastries with a pot of tea or coffee

Special Hot Drinks Hot Chocolate
with whipped cream and marshmallows
Hot Chocolate and Hazelnut
with whipped cream and marshmallows
Mocha Chocolate
single shot of espresso with hot chocolate
Double Cappuccino
two shots of fair trade espresso topped with foamed hot milk and dusting of cocoa
£3.25 £3.65 £3.20
for one £17.50 / for two £34.00
Pump Room Champagne tea
Glass of Jacques Cartier NV Champagne, smoked salmon and cucumber blini with shallot crème fraîche, scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves, Pump Room pastries and a dessert shot,
with a pot of tea or coffee
for one £24.50 / for two £48.00

Tea Time Bakery
All served with a pot of tea or coffee and a free refill
Home-made scones
with clotted cream and fruit preserves
Pump Room home-made cakes
choose one from our daily selection
The traditional Bath bun
with butter
Selection of Pump Room pastries
choose from:
coffee or chocolate choux buns, coconut slice, fresh fruit tarts

Savoury Items Selection of tea sandwiches
(vegetarian sandwiches available)
Quickes Cheddar crumpets
with piccalilli
Potted smoked mackerel
with granary toast and butter
Quickes Cheddar and Abbey ale rarebits
with tomato chutney (v)
Honey roast ham sandwich
with gem lettuce, mustard mayonnaise on locally baked white bloomer
Smoked salmon and cucumber blini
with shallot crème fraîche
Warm mature Cheddar cheese and chive scones
with cream cheese and our own house chutney
Skinny Fries

Double Cappuccino with one of our flavour shots
£9.25 £6.10 £6.75
£4.95 £4.75 £5.95 £5.95
£5.95 £7.50
£4.50 £2.75
choose from the list below
Almond Amaretto Butterscotch Gingerbread Hazelnut

Local Mulled Apple Juice
infused with cinnamon, ginger and citrus fruit

Champagne & Traditional Method 125ml
£39.50 £47.50
£27.00 £66.00

Pommery Champagne Tasting Tray
Experience 4 taster size glasses (50ml) of Pommery’s seasonal champagnes showcasing four distinct styles, served on a Pommery tasting tray
Springtime Brut Rose Summertime Blanc de Blanc Falltime Extra Dry Wintertime Blanc de Noirs

The second time I had an afternoon high tea was at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, Canada, for my 40th birthday.  We took the kids, and my sister, Heidi, who stayed in a fabulous upstairs tower room overlooking the beautiful hotel gardens.  We had high tea in the Empress Room, which was spectacular, to say the least.   
Brownies for our high tea
Afternoon Tea at The Empress

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Freshly Baked Raisin Scone, Strawberry Jam and Empress Cream

Smoked Salmon Pinwheel Mango and Curried Chicken Carrot and Ginger and Cream Cheese Free Range Egg Salad Croissant Mushroom Pate Crostini

Battenberg Cake (contains nuts) Lemon Curd and Berry Tart Rose Petal Shortbread Green Tea Cheesecake Chocolate Tulip with Wild Cherry


Exclusive to The Fairmont Empress, this delightful blend boasts a bright coppery colour and takes milk exceedingly well. The Assam component lends a rich malty character, while the Kenyan black tea provides subtle floral hints. Kenyan green tea infuses this blend with bright and lively aroma, complemented by fruity, sprightly and airy piquant flavors of Dimbula from Sri Lanka. Small amount of Kemum draw the elements together with burgundy depth and light oaky notes.

Margaret’s is harvested during the “second flush” (late May to late June), when the fragrance and taste are most complex. This tea offers delicate-ending astringent cup, with the distinctive character of Muscat grapes and hits of currant.

A traditional blend of Chinese and Indian teas, scented with the oil from the citrus bergamot. This blend is noted for its floral bouquet, lively flavor, a touch of mild astringency and bright, coppery colour.

Borengajuli originates from a wonderful tea estate in Mangaldi district of Assam. A flavorful, bright and full- bodied tea with superb malty highlights, drinkable at any time of day.

Jasmine tea is one of the most pleasant tasting green teas available, with a captivating floral bouquet that invigorates the senses. Surprisingly full bodied, the flavour is enhanced with Jasmine blossoms, providing a visual appeal to which few other teas can aspire.

This caffeine- free blend of herb and fruit tea was formulated specially for Fairmont Empress guests wishing to enjoy a healthy and refreshing beverage that is both bold and bright. Server hot or cold, this blend is slightly tart, combining the essence of orange and pineapple with hibiscus petals, rosehip chips, elderberries, dried currants and the natural flavours of strawberries, red currants and cream.

A unique caffeine-free blend made from all-natural dried fruits and herbs. Exotic orange notes with velvety sweet pineapple highlights create a memorable combination

This superb blend, inspired by our very own Willow Stream Spa, is produced at a small co-operative tea estate called Clearwater in Zimbabwe. Decaffeinated at the green leaf stage for the health minded guest, this blend retains a bright colour and full-bodied character, offering excellent depth and satisfying body, with delicious malty notes, reminiscent of caramel.

Now, if you want to have your own afternoon high tea, here's how!  Quartered cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches with the crust cut off are signature sandwiches for a proper high tea.  Include lots of jams and spreads, plus some delicious sweets, and a lovely pot of hot Earl Grey tea.  

...and a toast to the happy marriage of Kate & Will