Queen Lunches With Professionals & Traders
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the queen included the lavish Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral . The event was witnessed by over 700 people and included almost all the royal family members with the lone exception of Prince Phillip who is recuperating at the hospital. The very public ceremony was followed by a small and intensely private luncheon ceremony at the Westminster hall where Her Royal Highness lunched with the traders and professionals of her kingdom. The event was organized by Livery companies and included almost all professions ranging from the masons to the International Bankers.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat at the head of different tables with William being put in the company of Engineers and arbitrators and Kate being seated with the Pattern makers and Master Glovers. Harry was at the table of Fruiterers and Gardeners of the United Kingdom. The Duke of Edinburgh’s place remained vacant as the Royal consort has been hospitalized during the Jubilee celebrations.
Ceylon tea was served to the guests throughout the meal. The tea leaves for this very special brew were procured from the tea bush planted by Prince Philip at the “Pedro Tea Plantation” located in Nuwara Eliya. The Duke of Edinburgh had been on an official visit to Sri Lanka in 1954.
The meal kicked off with the guests being served with Lyme Bay crabs and marinated Uist Island salmons as appetizers. The main course of a saddle of Welsh Cambrian Mountain lamb and braised lamb shoulder followed along with grilled asparagus from the Isle of Wight. Royal Jersey potatoes were served with generous helpings of Jubilee sauce named for the occasion. The dessert turned out to be typically English with each guest getting to choose from bread and butter pudding, chocolate delice and berry compote accompanied with Sandringham apple sauce.
Thomas Sheldon, the master Mercer toasted the queen by saying, "You embody the very best of our national values. You are our constant in a changing world."
The queen was gracious enough but looked a little lost without Prince Philip by her side. We wish the Duke a speedy recovery so that he can take his rightful place beside the Queen soon.
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