Here's a sneak peek of the royal wedding menu handpicked by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Food preparation is underway for the royal wedding. (Photo: PA Images)
Food preparation is underway for the royal wedding. (Photo: PA Images)

The royal wedding is mere days away, and while we know plenty about the finer details of the big day already — from the flowers to the music and who will be attending — Kensington Palace has only just revealed that food prep for the big day is underway.

 

“We dropped in on the Kitchens at Windsor Castle, who will shortly begin final preparations for the #RoyalWedding,” a tweet from Kensington Palace stated.

Saturday will see two gatherings: a formal wedding breakfast, which will take place immediately after the ceremony at Windsor Castle, and a smaller evening reception for the couple’s close friends and family at Frogmore House.

Led by chef Mark Flanagan, the kitchen staff at Windsor Castle is excitedly getting ready to create the dishes that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have carefully chosen.

Head chef Mark Flanagan is leading a team of 30 for Saturday’s food preparations. (Photo: PA Images)
Head chef Mark Flanagan is leading a team of 30 for Saturday’s food preparations. (Photo: PA Images)

“All the staff are delighted to be involved on the day,” Flanagan said. “We’ve even had old staff contacting us if we need some extra support.”

What can guests expect?

For a start, all the produce used will be seasonal.

“Luckily the seasons have just fallen perfectly, and that’s become the main focus in the decision-making of the menus,” Flanagan, who is leading a team of 30 chefs and assistants, told the official royal website.

Though no details of the actual dishes to be served have been released by Kensington Palace, the menu is likely to include asparagus, peas, and tomatoes, as well as sweet and decadent treats such as chocolate truffles.

Pastry chef Selwyn Stoby has been busy in the royal kitchen preparing milk chocolate truffles with a kirsch center, something that is often created for exclusive receptions and private parties at Windsor Castle.

“You don’t get too many opportunities in your lifetime to do a royal wedding, so this is very, very special,” he said. “The care, the attention, and the details to everything, it really is very exciting.”

Pastry chef Selwyn Stoby and an assistant prepare some kirsch-filled truffles. (Photo: PA Images)
Pastry chef Selwyn Stoby and an assistant prepare some kirsch-filled truffles. (Photo: PA Images)

According to Flanagan, Markle and Prince Harry have been involved in every detail of the menu, attending several tasting trials held in the Windsor Castle kitchen back in March.

As well as being seasonal, a lot of the produce used in the dishes serving the 600 guests will be British, coming from local farms and suppliers across the U.K.

Some of the ingredients will come from the queen’s own estate at Windsor.

“We are using produce off Her Majesty’s estates, and that features very much,” Flanagan told the Telegraph.

“We’ve really just been trying to let the ingredients stand proud within the dishes,” he added. “There’s no experimentation on Saturday whatsoever — tried and tested and predominantly classics.”

The royal chef said he and his team started preparing for the wedding before the couple requested their services.

“Once the wedding announcement was made, we started to work on some ideas, about what we would do if we were asked to be involved, so we were able to get into the trial situation early in March,” he said.

The couple wants to make the occasion as inclusive as possible, with invitations sent to more than 1,200 members of the public.

But the reception will be a far more intimate setting, reserved for those in the couple’s inner circle.

While it’ll be picnics for the members of the public attending the wedding, reception guests are likely to be treated to some fine dining.

In terms of the actual food served, the soon-to-be couple is reportedly opting for trendy two-bite canapés and “bowl food” for guests at the afternoon reception.

The reception is expected to be catered by Table Talk, which boasts “sensational food” at “bespoke events.”

It’s also the same company that catered Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s 2011 wedding and Pippa Middleton’s 2017 nuptials. Both weddings were attended by Prince Harry, who was clearly impressed by the food.

It is no surprise that Markle in particular has taken a keen role in choosing the food.

The former actress is also well known for her love of food. Her Instagram feed and her blog, The Tig, named after her favorite wine, Tignanello, both regularly featured articles, reviews, and pictures of food.

But since she started dating and became engaged to Prince Harry, both sites have been shut down.

The kitchen at Windsor Castle. (Photo: PA Images)
The kitchen at Windsor Castle. (Photo: PA Images)

As for the wedding cake, pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the fashionable Violet Bakery in East London, will be creating a cake inspired by “the bright flavors of spring.”

Rather than a traditional fruit cake, the bride and groom have chosen a lemon and elderflower number covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers for Saturday’s nuptials.

According to photographer Kristin Perers, who photographed Ptak’s book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook, the couple is in for a real treat when it comes to the choice of cake.


“The choice of a cake from Violet for the royal wedding is actually quite meaningful,” she told Yahoo Style UK.

“Claire’s baking is grounded in quality ingredients and seasonality. Her cakes are also beautiful but in a way that is not showy or glitzy. And of course with Claire you always get an element of surprise; she is a very intuitive creator and this is a truly magical gift as a baker,” she continued. “Her flavors are honest, delicious, and true to the seasons — that’s one of the things that makes them so special.”

Bon appétit!

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