These Royal Wedding Menus Might Reveal What Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Serve
Sure, everyone is excited to see what Meghan Markle will wear for her royal wedding to Prince Harry and who will be in attendance. But what about the food? What will the couple serve to celebrate their nuptials? That’s at least as important as the any of the other details.
Click through to see what other royal couples have served at their weddings — and what English protocol calls for regarding wedding food. Also, make sure you see what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be drinking and eating at their wedding, on pages 6 and 7.
1. The wedding breakfast
Royal wedding tradition dictates that the couple should host a wedding breakfast right after the actual ceremony, according to the website Quartzy. Although it’s called a wedding “breakfast,” the menu is typically more of a luncheon affair.
Generally, the menu will include a seafood starter, a meat main, and a dessert. Many royal wedding menus have been named for the bride of groom. For instance, when the queen married Prince Philip in 1947, Filet de Sole Mountbatten was on the bill of fare.
Next: Some strange “breakfast” foods
2. Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
In 1923, the queen mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Prince Albert. Here’s what they served at the breakfast, according to BBC News:
- Suprèmes de Saumon Reine Mary (Queen Mary salmon filets)
- Côtelettes d’Agneau Prince Albert (Prince Albert lamb cutlets)
- Chapons á la Strathmore (Strathmore-style capons)
- Fraises Duchesse Elizabeth (Duchess Elizabeth strawberries)
Next: Both bride and groom had foods named after them.
3. Queen Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
When Queen Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten in 1947, their wedding breakfast featured dishes named after both of them. According to BBC News, they ate:
- Filet de sole Mountbatten (sole filet)
- Perdreau en casserole avec haricots verts et pommes noisette (braised partridge with green beans and puréed potatoes made into little balls)
- Bombe Glacee Princesse Elizabeth (ice cream with strawberries)
Next: Here’s what the beloved Princess Diana had at her wedding.
4. Diana Spencer and Prince Charles
When Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, she omitted the traditional promise to obey her husband from the ceremony, according to BBC News. The couple also served a menu with a twist:
- Suprême de Volaille Princesse de Galles (Princess of Wales chicken — chicken breast stuffed with lamb mousse, a twist on a palace favorite, lamb cutlet stuffed with chicken mousse)
- Quenelle of brill in lobster sauce (fish dumplings in lobster sauce)
- Strawberries with Cornish cream (strawberries with clotted cream)
Next: The latest royal wedding menu
5. Prince William and Kate Middleton
In April 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton served a locally sourced wedding breakfast. Here’s what they served at their breakfast buffet, according to BBC News.
- Cornish crab salad on lemon blini
- Pressed duck terrine with fruit chutney
- Roulade of goat cheese with caramelized walnuts
- Assortment of palmiers and cheese straws
- Scottish smoked salmon on beetroot blini
- Miniature watercress and asparagus tart
- Poached asparagus spears with hollandaise sauce
- Two wedding cakes, one of which was a childhood favorite of William’s, a chocolate fridge cake
Next: Here’s what Meghan and Harry might toast with.
6. Here’s what Harry and Meghan might drink at their wedding breakfast
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding might be a good blueprint for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s affair, according to Quartzy. It’s likely all ingredients will be locally sourced with the exception of the wine, which will probably be French. Because William and Kate served Winston Churchill’s favorite champagne, Pol Roger NV, Harry and Meghan could opt to do the same.
They might also consider Champagne Lanson Pére Et Fils, which is the official vendor to the royal family — its warrant, or designation, was issued in 1760. One thing is for sure, however: Claire Ptak will bake the wedding cake, which will be a lemon elderflower base with white buttercream and fresh flowers.
Next: Here’s what Meghan and Harry might eat.
7. Possible menu items for Meghan and Harry
It’s impossible to predict exactly what will be on the May 19 menu, but it will definitely be one of the most innovative royal wedding menus to date, according to Hello Magazine. “Based on the current wedding catering trends, royal guests can expect the rustic themes from Will and Kate’s to be continued,” said Tom Bridgeman, director of catering at Cripps & Co, the wedding venue operators behind the Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey.
“We’re seeing a rise in big, sociable sharing dishes and feast style menus. Small, pretty dishes are a thing of the past and now wedding food is more about tasty, high quality produce. Harry and Meghan are very well travelled, which could also influence the cuisine on the menu. One of the couple’s favorite destinations is Botswana so there could be some exotic cocktails on offer. They might even serve Eton Mess for pudding!”, said Bridgeman.
Next: Cake, an important element
8. Royal wedding cakes
According to Quartzy, royal wedding cakes are traditionally tiered fruit cakes decorated with fancy Victorian sugar sculptures and white icing. In 1840, Queen Victoria had a 300-pound wedding cake, a testament to her overindulgence tendencies and love of sweets.
Next: Cakes that measure up
9. These royals had really tall cakes
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip served a 9-foot-tall, 500-pound cake made with ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides. After the wedding, the cake went to charities. In 1973, according to Quartzy, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips served a cake that was the exact height of Anne — five-feet six-inches tall.
Prince Charles and Diana served 27 cakes at their wedding, most of which were gifts and most of which were given to schools, charities, and hospitals. For Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, celebrity baker Fiona Cairns made an eight-tier fruit cake.
Next: William and Kate’s wedding dinner
10. A wedding dinner happens, too
Yes, in addition to a wedding breakfast, royal couples put on a wedding dinner. And Michelin-starred Swiss chef Anton Mosimann prepared William and Kate’s. According to Quartzy, they served sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. The menu included crab dressed with mousse, crayfish and prawns; Highgrove lamb filet cooked three ways; and three different desserts.
Next: This would be nice on the next royal wedding menu.
11. American hopes for the royal menu
Because Markle has roots in Los Angeles and calls herself a foodie, according to Quartzy, her fans likely hope to see some nods to U.S. culinary traditions on the royal menu. Obviously, things such as a seafood boil, fish tacos, and quinoa bowls won’t make it onto the menu, but how about getting Alice Waters, champion of the new American cuisine to take over the kitchen for the royal meal? In lieu of that, we’re thinking a nice Highgrove Farm — Prince Charles’s — spring lamb and a delicious Sonoma pinot noir might fit the bill.
Next: Prince Charles’s second time around
12. Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles
When Prince Charles married Camilla Bowles in a private, civil ceremony in 2005, the queen did not attend. Although the couple did not put on a traditional, formal banquet, they stuck with a British theme, serving egg and crest sandwiches, smoked salmon, and roast venison.
They also served hot finger foods, including mini Cornish pasties and grilled vegetable tartlets, according to BBC News. For dessert, the couple chose boiled fruitcake, served alongside small pastries, such as glazed mocha fudge and strawberry tartlets.
Next: This princess was determined to outdo the queen.
13. Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones
When Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, aka Lord Snowdon, in 1960, she had already lost her former love, Group Captain Peter Townsend, because the queen would not allow her to marry a divorced man. She went on to live happily with Jones, but she was determined to outdo the queen’s wedding in every way she could. Here’s what BBC News says they served at their wedding:
- Filet de Boeuf Princesse (beef tenderloin)
- Haricot verts (green beans)
- Souffle Surprise Montmorency (no information on what the soufflé was made from)
- A cake that was 5 feet tall and weighed 150 pounds, plus 19 additional cakes
Next: A seriously lavish wedding breakfast
14. Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips
In 1973, the queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne, the queen’s only daughter, married Captain Mark Philips. The couple divorced in April 1992. According to BBC News, their lavish wedding meal had two main courses, plus a wedding cake that was exactly as tall as the Princess. The menu consisted of:
- Fresh peas
- Peppermint ice cream (even in November in England)
Next: A seriously lavish wedding breakfast
15. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Although Sarah Ferguson, aka Fergie, is persona non grata with the royal family these days, it wasn’t always that way. When she married Prince Andrew in 1986, however, the Duchess of York had some trouble adjusting to royal life, according to BBC News. Here’s what the couple served at their wedding:
- Eggs Drumkilbo (hard-boiled egg with lobster, prawns and mayonnaise)
- Lamb with mint sauce
- Strawberries and cream
Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!