So the day of the Royal Wedding is finally upon us! Right about now Harry will be probably nursing a hangover and Meghan will be in a frenzy of hair, make up, being pampered and primped til she feels every inch a princess. She’s probably just a teensy bit anxious about being walked down the aisle by Prince Charles himself
Will you be watching as the days celebrations unfurl? Personally I can’t wait to see the first glimpses of Meghan and her dress. I’m guessing she’ll have her hair up, scraped back off her beautiful face. Willing the world to see that she’s not a bit fazed by the journey she’s about to embark upon.
But also to show all the world, a large number of whom (tabloid press in particular) seemed to focus on nothing more newsworthy than the colour of her skin and her choice of profession, when news broke of her relationship with Prince Harry. As if your ethnic heritage and what you choose to do to earn a wage were the only way to define the measure of a person. (Seriously, it’s 2018. Are we still doing ‘this?’).
But I’ll get off my soap box for now and tell you all about the time I was asked to make biscuits for some Royal VIPs.
It was August 2016 and the news had dropped that the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge were due to visit Luton to open a new Youth project and visit the local hospice.
I was asked by the local organising committee to come up with some Union Jack themed biscuits for the Civic Reception and also some biscuits that the Royal couple could take away with them, as a gift.
It was a seriously nerve racking commission, and I will admit to being a bit anxious about the whole thing in the days leading up to the visit. Admittedly, compared to the very oomplex security arrangements, royal protocols and logistics that other local stakeholders were having to deal with, it was not that complicated. We put a lot of love and attention to detail in every biscuit we make, but this was something above and beyond that.
So the morning of the visit dawned and I popped over to the reception venue super early to drop off the biscuits and set up. This was so that the security services could go in afterward all the vendors had done their bit, do their sweep of the building and secure the site.
I returned to work and popped back a few hours later for the visit. My parents and kids joined me, super proud that my little bakery had been selected to make biscuits for royalty. It was an exciting morning and one I’ll remember for a long time.
A few weeks after the visit, a thick cream envelope arrived in the post. A lovely hand-written note from Kensington Palace thanking me for the biscuits, which was an unexpected but delightful surprise.
This was not the first time I had made biscuits for royalty. A year or two before this, I was commissioned to make biscuits for the then Princess Mako of Japan (she has since married a commoner and therefore forfeited her right to remain a member of the royal household), who had been studying at a university in Scotland and was heading back home. I loved making these biscuits with all the beautiful Japanese names.
So there you have it, my brush with royalty. Whether you watch the wedding or not, I hope have a wonderful Saturday.
Til the next time.
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