No matter your feelings on the monarchy, it's always nice to see a young couple in love.
You may not be invited to Buckingham Palace for the festivities, but there's no reason why you can't have a proper royal feast to celebrate.
Whether it's a street party, a dressed up dinner with tiaras to boot, or just watching the nuptials from the comfort of your couch, here are some dishes inspired by the main players of the big day.
Links to recipes can be found below the slideshow
There's the classic British Airways gin and tonic from Carole Middleton's days as a flight attendant for the national carrier - which is where she met Michael. Add to that some flirty passion fruit and a good mash of mint and you've got a drink that's as much of a breath of fresh air as a lass from the middle class joining the world's most famous monarchy. (Novelty umbrellas available through the Middleton's party supplies company 'Party Pieces') Full description and recipe here
A twist on Coronation Chicken, presented on cucumber crowns. It's a mix of poached chicken and spices. Here there's a splice of dried mango and a strong spine of seasoning. Originally created for the coronation banquet of 1953, this cooling canapé is in honour of the day Her Majesty began her journey as the third longest reigning English monarch. Full description and recipe here
Like Prince Harry, this relish is rambunctious and sweet. There's a cheeky tang of ginger and a little bit of rubble from the currants. Then there's a brave streak of chilli; fitting for a dish that honours the first member of the Royal Family to have served in a war zone since his uncle flew helicopters in The Falklands. A puddle of this saucy number will surely bring some extra colour and interest to our main course; a Prince William Pork Wellington. Full description and recipe here
This sensible and steadying Pork Wellington is in honour of the strapping man who will one day be the King of England. Like him, this wellington is long, blonde and lean. It's respectfully formal, yet unpretentious. It's just the sort of dish you'd want to eat if you'd spent your day rescuing stricken seamen in your helicopter. Or if there were more than two billion people watching you take your vows. Full description and recipe here
There is nothing more perfectly English than the combination of strawberries and cream. And 'classic English' is exactly what you need when you're talking about the Heir Apparent to the throne. NB, there are a few stages to this dessert - so just like the Prince and the Duchess it may take a little bit of time before all the elements end up married happily together. Full description and recipe here
These shortbreads take us back to Scotland where this fairy tale romance began. There's a touch of hazelnut for her eyes, and impossibly glossy hair. There's a hint of lurid green in the lime zest as a nod to the roller derby outfit (and the last fashion faux pas she'll be permitted to have). There are plenty of sweet shapes; in honour of the woman who may become the next 'Queen of Hearts'. When consumed with a cup of tea, they're the perfect happily ever after. Full description and recipe here
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