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Enjoying a “Royal Day Out” – a weekend in London September 2011

September 18, 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).

Just wed!

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.

The 1902 State Landau

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“.

The cake itself was of the modern era I would say; quite a “different” design to those cakes of previous Royal Weddings where each tier was stacked directly one above the other.  This one had given me the impression of not quite so many layers, but actually there were the same number but stacked rather than tiered with multiple cakes per layer giving it an unusual and very attractive effect.   I’d certainly like to do something similar myself, but not sure if I will ever be asked to cater for a wedding with quite as many guests to feed!!!!

Royal Wedding Dress

At the end of our busy day on the Royal tourist trail, our feet were so sore from all the walking, but my goodness it was worth it!  Mind you, nothing stopped us from enjoying a bop that night when we went along to The Prince of Wales theatre to see the fab-u-lous “Mamma Mia”…….. the perfect end to a perfect day.

Buckingham Palace gardens

The Royal Wedding Dress Exhibition continues to run in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace until October 3rd 2011, if you go, do let me know what you think of it all….

Denise x

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