April 29th, 2011
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William and Catherine seamlessly made it through the Westminster Abbey ceremony, the carriage procession, the balcony kiss and the Queen's reception.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now returned the pomp and pageantry to Buckingham Palace for dinner and an after-party, where we can only hope the newlyweds and their closest friends and family are well on their way to Prince Harry's rumored "survivors' breakfast."

But before the monarchs munched their way through some 10,000-odd canapés and not one, but two, wedding cakes at this afternoon's luncheon, we were able to sneak a peek at the royal spread.

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  1. Mildred

    Ok... between here and other searching around on the internets, I can find the luncheon reception menu and pictures, but not the menu for the smaller dinner that Prince Charles hosted that night (which included the oft-talked about chocolate biscuit cake). Please?

    May 2, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Sarah LeTrent

      Hi there Mildred,
      It seems they actually served the biscuit cake at the Buckingham Palace reception. You can find pictures of it here courtesy of Clarence House: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy/sets/72157626482581411/

      May 2, 2011 at 10:53 am |
      • Mildred

        Thank you Sarah!
        IIRC, both the Queen's Reception and Prince Charles' dinner were at Buckingham Palace... hence my confusion!

        I'll have to look at the photo later... my work blocks Flickr.

        May 2, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  2. colleene

    I thought kate's brother stole the show. He read Romans like the most professional actor I have ever heard. His delivery was superior to all the assembled clergy. I did think the clergy little sermons were wonderful and what impressed me was that everybody in the whole church sang even stuffy royals.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:51 am |
  3. Claudia

    I'm getting hungry looking at the pictures :o)

    May 2, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  4. Claudia

    I have to agree that the cake looks dull and boring from afar, but up close we have to admire the details and craftsmanship that went into the cake! I’m sure it tasted delicious!!! Yum…

    May 2, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  5. e

    Food and cake are American ideas?
    You do know people had weddings with food and cake before America was ever settled by white people, right?

    May 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  6. Merlie

    Olives wrapped in bacon and Vienna wieners cocooned in Pillsbury dough will just never have quite the same sparkle again...

    May 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Staceyann C. Dolenti

    And besides all the 3rd world countries of the world think that everyone in America is a spoiled brat so I'd be careful not to throw stones at people that have more than you....


    May 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  8. Staceyann Dolenti

    For all the negative comments, be happy and the rest of the world will look happier. If you are negative it doesn't hurt others only yourself.


    May 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  9. Staceyann Dolenti

    The Royal Wedding was so much fun to watch. It gives a little cheer just when it's needed :)


    May 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  10. erica

    The nastiness on this page is really quite disgusting. While the media coverage of the days before the wedding was a bit much, I thought the pageantry was just fabulous. NO ONE does it like the Brits. The dress was beautiful, simple, tasteful, and classic. We need to remember that there is a certain decourum and protocol that must be followed. And the comment about Will and Kate being brats, haven't seen that in either of them. Let's include Harry in there as well. Kate seems to be a lovely young lady and the boys are currently serving their country. How many of the haters on this page can say that? Please crawl back into your respective caves. Everyone is a critical about canapes and cake – would any of you have turned down that invitation? I wouldn't care if they served pizza and beer! As for all the nice, posiitive comments – cheers to you! I hope Will and Kate have a happy, healthy and wonderful life together!

    May 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  11. Digital Compadre

    Boy there a quite a few misrable people posting. The wedding is now over. Now you can direct your vile negative comments in some other direction. Regardless of what you think, it was a beautiful wedding. May God bless the couple with healthy children and a long life together. To the haters posting here, you and your comments are insignificant. Peace!

    May 1, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • Leekai31

      AMEN, Digital Compadre! May the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge have a wonderful and happy life together. To hell with the haters out there!

      May 1, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  12. wow

    I didn't watch the wedding, only saw the recaps. Both looked beautiful. Loved the nervousness they both displayed in different ways. Cute but real.
    p.s. William, don't be like your father.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Kathy

    At first glance, I thought the dress was so simple, but then I looked closer and saw the crisp folds and the hand sewn embroidery. Each intricate detail was amazing. The food looks so good. I think it was probably more cost effective to serve these things than (and can you imagine the feedback if they served) more expensive food. As far as royalty goes and even though it was way more expensive than I could dream of affording, there was not that much money (compared to other weddings) thrown on the event. They kept it as simple and elegant as they could for royals. Tastefully done. Some of the hats at the wedding were quite outlandish and reminded me of the story of the naked King.

    April 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  14. lolasmama

    Even the food looks beautiful.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  15. patrisha behrman

    Wish them a truly long and loving marriage.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  16. Hot For Harry

    My Mom creates and repairs wedding gowns,
    she says the dress was perfect because it flattered Kates figure
    without taking away from Kates own beauty.
    You dont want the dress to become more important than the bride.
    Mom hated Diana's gown, she said it looked like a giant marshmellow
    if a good wind hat hit diana, she may have floated away...

    April 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • ann

      I think this is a great point. The dress wasn't distracting, and it suited the bride very well. As beautiful and wonderful as Diana was, I've always hated her wedding dress... reminded me of a down comforter.

      May 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
      • luxxxy

        There were many comments about how she was *wearing* the dress, rather than the dress wearing her. from what I have read as well there was an amazing amount of detail in all of the lace work that we couldn't see on tv. It is a beautiful dress and it's nice to see a bride with her shoulders covered for a change.

        May 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Snowbunny

      You make an excellent point. I was thinking over the weekend while watching clippings of the royal wedding that I expected more of a dress. But, you are exactly right... it did flatter her figure and didn't take away how beautiful she is!

      May 2, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  17. mommajam

    Cake looks yummy, but I want to see William's cake, too!! I love chocolate...mmmmmm mmmm good!!
    I thought the wedding was fabulous, and wish them all the best.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Hot For Harry


      I want to see Harrys..............never mind.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • ann

        HA! Harry IS a little hottie.

        I agree, I wish the groom's cake was getting as much exposure as the wedding cake. It was beautiful and sounded delicious.

        May 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  18. Cgmwjt

    they look good

    April 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  19. usher

    What the fuck is a matter with u people! this is a royal wedding for pete sake cant u feel happy for them they just got married u guys should feel ashamed of ur selfs i mean this is a fucking royal wedding we are talking about not some fucking peice of shit wedding in america we are talking about a england wedding for royalty

    April 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • lolasmama

      Clean up your language young man.

      April 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • erica

      Your point would be much better received if you used grammar and lost the foul langauge. And, correct me if I'm wrong – but I do believe those British ideas have been in play much longer than American ideas. But no one knows what you're talking about anyway – "Usher".... yeah, right.

      May 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  20. JBJingles@Garry

    Bubble and squeak is cabbage, meat/sausage, potatoes, onions (leftoves) fried up and served. I had it for breakfast when I was over there, had to try something with that name on it!! :)

    April 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  21. Garry

    JBJingles: I agree..they look really good...I know I have heard of Bubble and squeak..but exactly what is it? It looks tasty!
    Congrads to them both!

    April 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  22. aubrie

    Bubble and squeak. Mice braised in champagne????

    April 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  23. mary

    the dress was a bust. we all expected something fabulous. you could go in any bridal shop and get the same thing almost. very plain looking including the veil. no big deal. even my husband says so and he knows squat about bridal gowns.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • lolasmama

      Pretty apparent neither of you know squat.

      April 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • wali ti nzapa

        I agree with you. The dress is absolutely beautiful, detailed, romantic, stylish. Definitely designed specifically for that person and that event. You don't even find dresses like that in catalogues.

        April 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • ann

        I thought it was a classic look. The kind of dress that, in fifty years, when people look at those photographs, nobody's going to think "Oh gah, THAT'S what people were wearing back then." Understated and elegant. And really, the only way a wedding dress is a "bust" is if it's either unbearably tacky, or the bride hates it. Neither of those are true in this case.

        April 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • bluebutterfly

      I think her wedding dress was absolutely stunning, as was she. Just because they are in the royal family doesn't mean they have to try to out-do everyone in the world. Simplicity and understating is fabulous. I give her much credit for that. She is a credit to her upbringing.

      April 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Toni

      Apparently neither of you are wonders at wedding dress design. It was a beautiful dress, and if you think it wasn't anything special, hey, you're entitled to your opinion. However ..... why must you be so darn nasty? So, crawl back under the rock from which you crawled out from and stay there ..................

      May 1, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  24. JBJingles

    Those Yorkshire pudding with beef look great...may have to try that one.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Papa Pat

      I think Jello makes an instant Yorkshire Pudding...

      April 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  25. Pookie

    I am truly confused by those who feel a need to insult and denigrate. If you are not interested in the Royal Wedding, why are you reading the article? Surely, such a refined individual as ""UnitedQueerDumb" must have better things to do with his afternoon (like maybe go to work and be productive), but no, he feels he must insult to make himself feel superior. Oh Well – those that can't... I for one am going to try to make those minuature Yorshire Pudding canapes.

    April 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • shelle

      One thing that did surprise me was the simplicity of the canapes; I guess I was expecting something a little more "WOW." But I don't mean to criticize; they all looked gorgeous and sound delicious, and can't wait to try to duplicate them.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:48 am |
      • Sun

        Shelle, I'm a chef, and while they look simple, those are not your run-of-the-mill pigs in a blanket. I do catering, and I HATE making these tiny little morsels. Sue, they look and taste great, but I know there were sous chefs pulling out hair for the last 2 months trying to get these little darlings to look and taste wonderful. I don't even want to imagine the hassle to get tiny Yorkshire puddings to look like that!

        April 30, 2011 at 8:57 am |
      • shelle

        That must be the difference between us, Sun.. I'm a chef also, and I absolutey LOVE making the teeny tiny meal elements lke amuse bouche and canapes; I love all the hair-pulling detail that goes into it. :) And yeah, those Yorkshire puddings.. those are first on my list to play around with!

        April 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
      • luxxxy

        for some reason, little food just tastes better, keep 'em coming! :)

        May 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Cake

    Not impressed with the cake! It looks like every other wedding cake out there.

    April 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Mildred

      True... but all of the care that went into it (designing it and creating it) does set it apart.

      Again, I'm partial to see how the chocolate biscuit cake came out...

      April 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • D

      Every other cake out there does not have a royal crest on it. It is absolutely stunning.

      April 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • Scarlett

        All right that cake looked sooo delucious that I just went rf o the supermarket and bought a pepperidge farm one !!!

        May 1, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • shelle

      "... Looks like every other wedding cake?" Really? 8 tiers with every little detail hand-picked by Kate herself? 900 sugar flowers, including 17 different types of foliage, each with their own meaning (innocence, romance, "Sweet William, etc)? a cake that took five weeks to assemble? a cake that required the designer and assemblers to live in the palace for two days to assemble it? Yeah, sounds commonplace to me. (eyeroll) If you knew anything about pastry, you'd know that this cake is extrordinary.

      April 30, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  27. Valerie

    Such talent possessed to create something so beautiful- to EAT! Wow! That is truly an amazing cake!

    April 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  28. united queerdumb

    Who gives a crap about those spoiled uk brats. He would never get that piece of skank if he wasnt a prince. Did u see how bald he is getting at such a young age?

    April 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Jerv

      And what exactly makes you so effing perfect?

      April 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Kelly

      Someone sounds a little upset.

      April 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • dragonwife

      Trolling, are we? Why not let your mommy and daddy have the computer back and go play WOW like a good little troll?

      April 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • mary

      i agree with you. they aren't our royals. why should we care? and the dress was as plain as could be. same for the veil.

      April 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • Toni

        Grow up .........

        May 1, 2011 at 12:09 am |
      • ann

        We should care because, contrary to most typical American beliefs, the Earth has more countries on it than just America, and this was a world event. Sincerely, an American who is disgusted by some Americans' arrogance and egocentrism.

        May 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Josh

      so what your saying is that, nobody would fall in love with a man because he's going bald and just because he's future king, she picked him. How shallow are you?

      April 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • shelle

      People denigrating a royal wedding, as though they themselves could ever choose to turn down such an affair for themselves. Waah, waah, waah. Mountain Dew with those pizza rolls?

      April 30, 2011 at 1:51 am |
    • gigi

      There are many people that do care. If you don't care....knock yourself out not caring. Don't be so shallow...I have seen many bald men that were very sexy.

      April 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  29. Snowbunny

    Ahhh, this wedding / after parties / celebration.. sounds and looks so romantic. I'm jealous. :( She looks so happy! I wish them the best.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  30. Mildred

    So pretty... now the biscuit cake?

    April 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Mildred

      I know... I'm greedy.

      April 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • JBJingles

        Yes, I want to see the chocolate cake as well. Love the white cake, such beautiful detail. I live vicariously through others fabulous food!

        April 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
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