Inside the Royal Family’s Jubilee Guildhall lunch – fine menu and booze but no Meghan Markle


Prince Charles, Camilla, Kate Middleton and Prince William were among guests at the Guildhall in London for a reception after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Queen’s Jubilee: Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Guildhall reception

The Royal Family and a group of special guests enjoyed smoked duck breast and coronation chicken while sipping English sparkling wine at a Jubilee lunch after the Thanksgiving service.

After leaving St Paul’s Cathedral, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Camilla, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie made their way to London’s Guildhall for the reception.

Still dressed in their fancy church outfits and hats, many stopped to pose together for photos before heading inside – including Peep Show star Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, the queen’s cousin’s son.

However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle skipped the event, despite making their first official appearance since leaving the UK at the church service earlier today.

Keep up to date with the latest from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with our live blog.

Guests enjoyed a selection of savory canapes, including smoked Norfolk duck breast with grapes and balsamic, smoked salmon and dill, beetroot shortbread with whipped goat cheese and cocktail sausages. There was also a buffet including coronation chicken with grapes and rice salad, Welsh shepherd’s pie, cod and chips, trout and rare Hereford beef tenderloin.

For dessert, they were treated to vanilla clotted ice cream and chocolate dipped strawberries.

They were also served English sparkling wine and wines from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Those who weren’t drinking could order soft drinks, including a cranberry bellini.

Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted by former Lord Mayor Sir David Wootton and Colonel Simon Duckworth, followed closely by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel were also present, along with Health Secretary Sajid Javid and former Prime Minister Theresa May.

Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny spoke at the event, telling guests: ‘We are extremely grateful for his 70 years of service to the UK and the Commonwealth which we celebrate today.

“She was a great example of duty and public service for all of us.

“She is one of the most recognized and respected people in the world. And for 70 years she has provided continuity, stability and unity.

“There could be no better ambassador for this country and for the Commonwealth.

“We are all here very grateful for the service she rendered and the way she served as Head of State – with dignity, dedication and a deeply rooted faith.”

The Queen was not at the reception after skipping the Thanksgiving service due to health issues.

Instead, she watched the service on television from Windsor Castle. She is expected to rest at her Berkshire residence after the busy start to Jubilee festivities on Thursday.

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