Enjoying a “Royal Day Out” – a weekend in London September 2011
You may remember that earlier this year Mr Cupcake and Bake and I visited London, just prior to the April Royal Wedding. That was such an exciting time, and it was lovely to see the event go as well as it did, with some lovely moments along the way (my favourite being the Royal couple travelling back down The Mall to Clarence House in Prince Charles’ Aston Martin).
As a baker, I was particularly keen to see pictures of the Royal Wedding Cake and was not disappointed when images of Fiona Cairn’s amazing creation were released to the press.
When I read that the cake was to be put on display as part of the Summer Exhibition in the State Rooms of BuckinghamPalace this summer I was determined to go back to London to see it for myself – after all events of this scale happen so rarely now. So, I left some pretty heavy hints for Mr Cupcake and Bake, and was DELIGHTED when he presented me with tickets for a “Royal Day Out” as part of my birthday present!!
The day arrived last weekend; we had an early start to London – with our visit commencing at The Royal Mews, then moving on to The Queen’s Gallery and finally the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace (where the Royal Wedding dress, shoes, jewellery, cake and flowers were on display). Here are some images from the Mews and the Queens Gallery. Unfortunately you’re not allowed to take photos in the Palace but I’ve popped some pictures of what we saw here too.
I have to say that the cost of the tickets was such good value and, Royalist or not, you cannot help but be impressed by the beauty of the Palace and the artwork in the Gallery! My favourite though has to be the Mews, with 4 very dozy “holiday-ing” Royal horses to see along with some stunning carriages.
The Dress itself was fabulous; such a small waist! The Cake was A-maz-ing!!! Such delicate workmanship….simply stunning. “The Language of Flowers” was a theme running through the day and part of The Duchess of Cambridge’s vision. The cake incorporated all the flowers of Britain depicted in the most delicate royal icing, plus the beautiful snowdrop which was the flower of choice for Kate’s bridal bouquet.
If you’d like to learn more about “The Language of Flowers” and read more about Kate’s bouquet, I recommend the excellent blog of Rona Wheeldon’s “Flowerona“.