Inside Queen Elizabeth’s “Fantastic” Post-Wedding Luncheon

Queen Elizabeth II
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Wined and dined!

The first of two wedding receptions wrapped up mid-afternoon at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II (Prince William's grandmother) held a private luncheon for 650 guests in honor of royal newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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One reception guest tells Us Weekly, "The reception was lovely. We had to hand our phones in to the cloakroom and were given them back after. Two speeches were made; one from the Prince of Wales and one from Prince William. Prince Charles's speech was just fantastic. He thanked the staff and made a toast to the Queen. He also said how proud he was of Kate and welcomed her into the family. Kate was just immaculate! She had a huge smile on her face the whole time and was just beaming."

Another guest said, "There was everything you could imagine to eat! Plenty of champagne and of course there was caviar! What's a royal party without caviar?"

Speaking of the food, approximately 10,000 canapes were prepared by a 21-chef team led by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan. Some of the fancier varieties included quail eggs with celery salt, cornish crab salad on lemon blini, pressed duck terrine with fruit chutney, bubble and squeak with confit shoulder of lamb, scottish langoustines with lemon mayonnaise, and pressed confit of pork belly with crayfish and crackling.

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For dessert? An eight-tier wedding cake made out of 17 different individual fruit cakes by Fiona Cairns, and a chocolate biscuit groom's cake created by McVities's Cake Company, which was specially requested by the Prince.

Duchess Kate, 29, and Prince William, 28, are now back at one of the state rooms at St. James's Palace, where they will get changed and take in the day's events. On Friday evening, they'll return to Buckingham Palace for a 300-guest dinner reception hosted by Prince Charles.

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