This Is What Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Served at Their Wedding Reception

The royal couple has tied the knot. On May 19, 2018, Meghan Markle became Prince Harry’s wife. The newly titled duke and duchess had a magnificent ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, followed by a wedding lunch and an evening reception at Frogmore House, within in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Find out what culinary delights awaited the newly married couple — and try not to drool.

1. The wedding lunch

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leaving chapel

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip hosted the royal wedding lunch. | Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Getty Images

According to People, the queen hosted quite the wedding lunch for the new duke and duchess. Here is the menu:

  • Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche
  • Grilled English asparagus wrapped in cumbrian ham
  • Garden pea panna cotta with quail eggs and lemon verbena
  • Heritage tomato and basil tartare with balsamic pearls
  • Poached free range chicken bound in a lightly spiced yogurt with roasted apricot
  • Croquette of confit Windsor lamb
  • Roasted vegetables and shallot jam
  • Warm asparagus spears with mozzarella and sun-blush tomatoes

Next: A break from tradition

2. Bowl food makes the scene

The couple broke from tradition and served “bowl food.” | iStock

The modern couple chose to serve a selection of “bowl food,” which consists of canapés served in miniature bowls, according to People. Here are the bowl foods the couple had at the lunch:

  • Fricassee of free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks
  • Pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps
  • Slow-roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling

Next: Sweet treat

3. Royal desserts

Some desserts were bite-sized like these tartlets. | iStock

Naturally there were desserts at the wedding lunch. And according to People, they were tempting treats. Desserts at the royal wedding lunch included:

  • Champagne and pistachio macaroons
  • Orange crème brûlée tartlets
  • Miniature rhubarb crumble tartlets

Next: A sizable reception

4. The wedding lunch guest list was huge

Guests leave after the wedding between Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey

Six-hundred guests were invited to the wedding lunch. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

According to People, all 600 of the royal couples’ guests were invited to attend the lunch reception, but the evening reception at Frogmore House will be a more intimate affair. Only 200 guests were invited to the evening reception — and Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, hosted it.

Next: Drinks on offer

5. Here’s what they drank at the lunch

Champagne in glasses in restaurant

Pol Roger Brut Reserve non-vintage Champagne was the drink of choice. | iStock/Getty Images

Royal chef Mark Flanagan and his team of 25 chefs prepared around 7,500 items of food for the royal wedding, but what did people drink? According to the Sunday Express, guests were served Pol Roger Brut Reserve non-vintage Champagne, a number of different  wines and a range of soft drinks.For those who didn’t want alcohol, there an apple and elderflower mocktail available, made with the same elderflower syrup in the couple’s wedding cake, and Sandringham Cox’s apple juice.

Next: A surprise at the lunch

6. Elton John entertained

Elton John is in a red suit jacket and playing the piano on stage.

Elton John sang at the wedding lunch. | Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for dcp

According to Bazaar, guests got a real treat at the luncheon when Elton John entertained. Rumor has it that Harry introduced John with a joke: “Does anyone here know how to play the piano?” John played “Circle of Life,” and singles “Your Song” and “I’m Still Standing.” A long-time attendee of royal weddings, John also sang “Candle in the Wind” as a tribute at Princess Diana’s funeral.

Next: The grand finale

7. The cake

Fruitcake was not to the couple’s taste.| Kensington Royal via Instagram

In another break from tradition, the royal couple decided against serving fruitcake at their wedding, opting instead for a lemon cake drizzled with elderflower syrup and topped with fresh lemon curd. Claire Ptak, owner or London-based bakery Violet Cakes, wasted to make a cake that “incorporates the bright flavors of spring.” According to People, the cake is covered with a Swiss meringue buttercream and decorated with 150 fresh flowers, including roses and peonies. In addition, the couple chose to serve three, different-size cakes instead of the traditional tiered version.

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