In case you’ve been asleep at the wheel for the last couple of months, we, as a global community, have a royal wedding to prepare for. And sure, the people immediately involved in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming May nuptials are likely far busier than the rest of us. But there’s no doubt in my mind fans of the royal duo are on tenterhooks about the details of the royal wedding — especially because there are still so many things we do and, crucially, don’t know.
Now, if you’re like me, the one aspect of the royal wedding (as with all weddings and joyous celebrations in general) you’re keeping the closest tabs on is the food. It’s likely not that big a reach to say the food that will be served at the royal wedding will be lush to the max, full of flavor, probably very rich and sumptuous and, considering Harry and Markle are a young couple, fun as heck.
So, with that in mind, let’s assess what we know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding menu. You may be surprised at how much we already know.
Who’s in charge?
According to Town & Country‘s report in early January 2018, it looks like a caterer has been decided on for the wedding, though the intel should be taken with a grain of salt. Citing The Telegraph‘s educated suggestion, it looks like the U.K. catering firm Table Talk could very well be responsible for the food on the big day.
Not only is Table Talk road-tested when it comes to royal affairs (they catered Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017), but one look at the company’s Instagram shows that this company understands how to pull off a chic and thoroughly modern affair. I mean, look at this lush table setting recently set up for an event at the National Gallery in London. I’m swooning!
What kinds of food will be served?
Here’s where things get pretty darn interesting; try not to get too hungry.
If Table Talk is indeed catering, then we can look forward to some delicious and playful food being served. According to Food & Wine magazine, Table Talk is known for serving up dishes like gazpacho in a shot glass and cocktails in teacups and providing elegant touches like oyster and dessert bars. Again, look at their Instagram and you’ll see proof of their inventiveness. Colorful macarons, simply plated but complex dishes and eye-catching ingredients: If this is the kind of food happening at the royal wedding in May, then count us in.
Of course, we should also account for the fact that both Harry and Markle will likely want to honor some more traditional royal wedding menu choices, and to do that, they could look to the menu older brother Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, chose for their special day. Back when the couple tied the knot in 2011, dishes like Gressingham duck, Windsor lamb, English goat cheeses, miniature Yorkshire pudding with roast fillet of beef and horseradish mousse, quails eggs with celery salt and gâteau opera cake were served.
Basically, expect to gain 5 pounds just reading through the menu details when we finally get the official word, because there will be no shortage of rich food on offer.
Will American touches be added?
While there is confirmation various American touches will come through during the wedding ceremony (including the fact that Markle will be given away by her mother and that she will have a maid of honor), we have to get a bit more speculative when it comes to the royal wedding menu. In all likelihood, if Markle is already making tweaks to royal protocol, then she’ll have a voice in what kind of food is served. Now, we shouldn’t expect ribs and hamburgers to surface at the reception, but there is a good chance food trends for 2018 currently taking over here in the States could influence the royal wedding reception.
Oh, and we can’t forget the fact that Markle has already chosen the cake (the cake!). Rumor has it she’s already asserted her culinary tastes into the wedding planning process by requesting a banana cake be served. If this ends up being true, I would pay big money to know how it went over with the guests.
There is no doubt Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be a special one and one that fans are eager to bear witness to. And while many of us will not be able to see the royal wedding menu firsthand or taste the food that’s on offer, it’s hard not to feel that excitement kick up a notch just reading through the details of what could be served.