Many hotels and restaurants are offering specials. Those that stand out:
- £120 martini that you can have at the Goring Hotel (that’s the one Kate stayed at the night before her marriage to Will). It’s not so much the cost of the ingredients but the Swarovski crystal glass in which it’s served, which you get to keep.
-Coronation Chicken Gelato. You see, “Coronation Chicken” was on the Palace’s menu on Coronation Day back in 1953. It’s a blend of chicken, curry, mayo and raisins. Are you cringing yet? While I personally cannot imagine eating this flavor of gelato, I tip my hat to the creativity. Good luck with that!
The Flotilla Flowers – On Sunday, 1000 boats will be floating down the Thames, with the Queen’s barge leading the pack. There are something like 40 florists involved in decorating the barge. The key florist said part of her inspiration came from the original coronation gown, which included the Tudor rose. There will be roses, shamrocks, thistles and daffodils to represent the entire United Kingdom. There are even employees who have the specific job of making sure the roses open up perfectly – “fit for a queen”.
Want to know more about the Queen’s life and reign . . . . there’s an app for that! Check out http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/illustrated-diamond-jubilee/id512615219?mt=8
And since the Queen is reigning in the digital age, a German baker, using a digital image of her Majesty, is “baking her portrait”. It will be comprised of over 3,000 cakes, wherein each cake will represent 1 pixel. The cake will be 94 square feet in size and be displayed on an easel at Battersea Park, where the flotilla begins. Sweet!
BBC America will be carrying live coverage of the event, and yours truly will be watching every minute. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the weather cooperates and everyone gets to leave their brollies at home!
(Thanks go to the UK's Telegraph for the pictures used in this post.)