When Princess Eugenie gets married at Windsor Castle later this month on Oct. 12, fans of the royal family will no doubt be drawing comparisons between her nuptials and that of her cousin Prince Harry, who married Meghan Markle at the same exact venue earlier this year.
For all the fanfare of the ceremony itself, however, one thing we’re curious about is how Princess Eugenie’s wedding menu will measure up against Harry and Markle’s seasonal fare, which was all the chatter after their big day.
Princess Eugenie, 28, has largely kept details of her big day under wraps, but tidbits of her own personal taste and hints as to her favorite London eateries have royals fans guessing what will be on her wedding day menu.
According to The Sun, Princess Eugenie has a board on Pinterest called “Eugenie’s Guide to London,” and on it, she frequently mentions some of her favorite spots for good food. One of her favorites happens to be the venue Petersham Nursery in London, which she flagged as loving “as a wedding destination” on her Pinterest. Given that she and her love, Jack Brooksbank, will be wed in Westminster Abbey and not there, it is possible the Eugenie will find a different way to incorporate the spot into her wedding—say, as a reception spot?
Two other restaurants that Eugenie has flagged in the past are The Detox Kitchen and The Mae Deli, which are both establishments that prioritize healthy, fresh ingredients and quality produce, ideal for the traditional post-ceremony lunch that most royals host after their wedding.
At Harry and Markle’s May wedding, they served a wide gamut of foods, including Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon, grilled asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham, poached free range chicken and a confit Windsor lamb with roasted vegetables and shallot jam.
Notably, however, because Eugenie and Brooksbank will be hosting many more guests than their royal counterparts (850 guests versus Harry and Markle’s 600), the cost of their post-ceremony brunch could be considerably higher. Bridebook founder Hamish Shephard estimated that Princess Eugenie’s family could be spending anywhere between $130,000 and $197,000 on food alone.
So to counterbalance the more formal fare, Princess Eugenie and her husband will likely be throwing a more casual evening reception for friends and family to let their hair down and simply enjoy some good eats together.
According to The Sunday Times, the Saturday night party will feature “dodgems and funfair rides, coconut shies, lots of food stalls, loads of cocktails, bloody Marys for the hangovers, and a festival vibe.” Wonder how Harry and Markle’s evening reception would measure up to that?
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