What’s on the menu for the royal wedding

Allison Yee

Food played a part in their engagement with Prince Harry popping the question to Meghan Markle over a cosy roast chicken dinner at home, and now royal watchers are speculating what might be on the menu for the couple’s May wedding.

Royal tradition dictates that after the couple tie the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, they’ll be expected to host a wedding breakfast.

Prince Harry and Meghan have confirmed they'll tie the knot next May - and speculation is already mounting about wedding prep. Photo: Getty

Prince William and Kate Middleton set the food standard high when they wed in 2011, serving 10,000 canapes to 650 guests, with bites including miniature watercress and asparagus tart, quail eggs with celery salt, miniature Yorkshire pudding with roast beef and Cornish crab salad on blinis.

When it comes to Meghan and Harry’s wedding, insiders say the couple could pay homage to the actress’ American roots – and her love of healthy eating.

Meghan's food posts on Instagram show off her love of healthy food. Photo: Instagram
The actress is all about sushi and healthy treats. Photo: Instagram

"Meghan is sort of a super-healthy eater, she's super-fit - but Harry likes his comfort foods," former chef to Queen Elizabeth, Princess Di, Wills and Harry, Darren McGrady told Food & Wine.

"Harry is a super fan of pizza. Harry is a super fan of curries."

After the first round of celebrations, only the couple’s nearest and dearest – about 300 of them – will join them for the dinner reception.

It's likely the couple will celebrate with a dinner reception at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty

Food has been fairly fancy in the past, with Prince Charles and Diana celebrating their 1981 wedding with a Suprême de Volaille Princesse de Galles main of chicken stuffed with lamb mousse.

However Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to go in another foodie direction, focusing on locally sourced produce instead.

The couple served simple salmon, crab and langoustine salad to start, followed by organic lamb with spring vegetables as main, and a trio of honey ice-cream, sherry trifle and chocolate parfait to finish.

Kate and Wills put their own personal touches on their wedding menu in 2011. Photo: Getty

Wedding cake is traditionally an English fruit cake, however Harry might decide to follow in his brother’s footsteps after Wills introduced a “grooms cake” for his wedding.

“[Prince William's] was a chocolate biscuit cake - a recipe from Buckingham Palace," reveals Darren.

Whatever the couple decide, the Queen will have final approval.

“What happens is the chefs actually research likes and dislikes… The kitchens will suggest four different menus and [the couple] can take a look at those and say, ‘We like menu B, but can we change the dessert?’”

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