Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle to welcome their 600 guests for a lunchtime reception. The soiree is being hosted by Harry’s grandmother the Queen, ahead of a later, more intimate gathering at Frogmore House this evening.
Now, Kensington Palace has released a statement about the menu on offer at the reception, which consists of canapes and bowl food largely made from ingredients sourced from royal warrant holding companies and prepared by a team of 25 chefs. Highlights from the canape selection include Scottish Langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon, grilled English asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham, garden pea panna cotta with quail eggs, heritage tomato and basil tartare, and croquettes of confit Windsor lamb with roasted vegetables and shallot jam.
Meanwhile, the trendy bowl food offering includes pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps, ten hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling, and fricassee of free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks.
For those with a sweet tooth, a trio of desserts will follow, including champagne and pistachio macaroons, orange crème brulee tartlets and miniature rhubarb crumble tartlets. The wedding cake, made by Violet Bakery’s Claire Ptak, will also be served. It features elderflower syrup made from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate elderflower trees, while the filling is made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream. It is decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers.
The shindig will see Meghan breaking from tradition and making her speech, as well as father of the groom Prince Charles, and Prince Harry himself. Prince William will be the compere for the reception, acting as the Best Man.
See all the guests arriving at the royal wedding below.
Earl Spencer and Lady Karen Spencer
Prince Harry's uncle - and Princess Diana's younger brother, with his wife, Lady Karen Spencer.