Aside from Meghan Markle's future dress, we have to admit that the royal wedding food is another component we're earnestly interested in. Markle and Prince Harry will enjoy not one, but two receptions throughout the day, meaning the pair had multiple menus to map out (quite the wedding planning conundrum). But, let's be real, with Queen Elizabeth hosting the first event at Windsor Castle following the couple's ceremony, combined with Markle's self-proclaimed foodie status, you know the cuisine is going to be out of this world. With less than a week until these lovebirds walk down the aisle, Kensington Palace offered an inside look into the royal kitchens as the chefs gear up for the big day. And, as one would expect, the ingredients are up to royal wedding standards (and Markle's notorious healthy lifestyle).
According to a post from the official Kensington Palace website, the royal kitchen staff at Windsor Castle are currently cooking for their biggest royal event of the year (no pressure), under the watchful eye of Mark Flanagan, Head Chef of The Royal Household. Although specific menu items haven't been revealed (besides asparagus), the pair's wedding day food will unsurprisingly rely on "the freshest produce available." According to Flanagan, ingredients will be sourced from local farms, and even Queen Elizabeth's Windsor estate.
"Luckily the seasons have just fallen perfectly and that's become the main focus in the decision making of the menus," said Flanagn. "The couple have been very involved in every detail of it."
Considering Markle's former food and lifestyle blog, it makes sense that she and her future groom would place careful consideration into their wedding day cuisine. The pair attended a few tastings at the castle's kitchens in March, testing out "each of the dishes made from scratch."
The palace did dish on a few potential dessert options, though (AKA the best part). Pastry chef extraordinaire Selwyn Stoby, along with a team of fellow trained bakers, will be on dessert duty the day of the wedding. Stoby had previously been busy baking chocolate truffles (apparently a popular pick for Windsor receptions), mini Crème brûlée, panna cotta-topped biscuits, and yellow macarons for the recent Windsor Horse Show, and these perfectly seasonal treats would also make an excellent menu addition for Prince Harry and Markle's formal breakfast reception.
While any wedding catering job is a high stakes gig, toss in a royal client and the pressure's obviously magnified. However, we're sure these chefs can stand the heat.
"You approach every Royal event with the same care and attention to detail," said Stoby. "But you don’t get many opportunities to do a Royal Wedding in your lifetime, so this is very special."
Seems like the food bar is being set high for the couple's first reception, and Prince Charles will have big shoes (er, aprons?) to fill as he hosts a later, more intimate party at Frogmore House. We do at least know that the cake (and potentially late-night American food) will be a huge royal wedding crowd-pleaser.