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Will you be in London on April 29? Tell us what you will be doing during the royal wedding. Did you get one of the 1,900 invitations to attend, will you be on the parade route to Buckingham Palace or will you just watch it on television? Are they offering special parties or celebrations that you’re attending?
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You may not have gotten one of the 1,900 coveted invitations for the wedding of the year when Prince William marries Catherine “Kate” Middleton at 6 a.m. locally (11 a.m. at Westminster Abbey, London) April 29.
You may not even be one of the 650 invited to the lunch reception by the queen at Buckingham Palace or one of the 300 invited to dinner there by the Prince of Wales.
But you can be part of the festivities right here in Naples by attending one of the teas, breakfasts, lunches or dinners in Collier County.
They aren’t serving any replicas of the multitiered, brandy-flavored fruitcake centerpiece wedding cake that is being baked by Fiorna Cairns. It would be a bit difficult to reproduce the British floral theme and the couple’s new cipher, which will be revealed for the first time at the wedding. It would also be tough to create the different themes on each layer, with 3-D scrollwork of leaves and flowers.
But you can enjoy pastries, scones, wedding cakes and possibly some McVities’s tea biscuits, such as are being baked into a second Windsor cake that uses 35 pounds of chocolate and approximately 1,700 of the tea biscuits.
You can also stroll down Fifth Avenue South in Naples to Kay’s on the Beach and take a peek at a copy of the formal engagement dress Kate Middleton wore.
And if you want to send a gift to the couple you can donate in their honor to one of 26 of their favorite — or should we save favourite? — charities, listed on their official website, www.officialroyalwedding2011.org.
Or you can always stay at home and turn on the “telly.” Coverage in the United States will start hours before the wedding, at 3 a.m. local time on BBC America, NBC and CNN. Cable stations, especially TLC, are also preparing to run live coverage for the 6 a.m. wedding.
Here’s what’s happening locally. Wedding day events will be marked by an asterisk. Reservations are requested for most of the events to insure your place:
Kay’s on the Beach
606 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 261-7680. Kay’s currently has a copy of the ivory dress Kate Middleton wore to her formal engagement, designed by Reiss, in its front window along with a hat that would be perfect to wear for watching the wedding.
Brambles Tea Room
340 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 262-7894. Brambles has been offering a special royal wedding tea from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through April 28. The tea includes assorted finger sandwiches, an English scone with Devon clotted cream and preserves, two specially commissioned pastries, a chocolate truffle and a pot of tea for $21.75 per person.
The Original English Pub
2408 Linwood Ave., Naples, 775-3727. The Original English Pub is celebrating everything British Tuesday through April 29. Eat a fish-and-chips dinner on Tuesday for $5 at the bar; be part of a Beatles tribute at 6 p.m. April 27; go on a royal wedding pub crawl starting at 6:30 p.m. April 28 for $25 per person.
It starts at the Pub and then visits five places on the Dolly the Trolley for entertainment, drink specials and complimentary appetizers.
Most important of all, the pub is offering a wedding celebration at 5 a.m. on April 29 with live coverage of the wedding. Bloody Marys and Mimosas will be available for one British pound each — we’re betting they will take American dollars, too — from 7 to 11 a.m. and afternoon tea will be served at 3 p.m. with a British band playing.
9118 Strada Place, Naples, 594-2748. The Pub at Mercato is having a food drive for St. Matthew’s House in honor of the royal wedding. Patrons may drop off non-perishable food from 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Wednesdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through May 1.
There will be live coverage of the wedding ceremony and the festivities starting at 5:45 a.m. April 29 along with a complimentary Champagne toast and wedding cake. The weekend brunch menu will be offered form 6 to 11 a.m. that morning.
The Jolly Cricket
720 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 304-9460, has five flat screen televisions to watch the wedding and festivities and will open at 7 a.m. on April 29 for a British breakfast. Selections include bangers (sausage), baked beans, eggs, toast, a Union Jack yogurt parfait with berries, salmon and eggs, Prince William’s favorite poached eggs Benedict and fresh fruit. There will also be a Champagne toast to the royal couple.
Favorites of the royal couple will be served for lunch and dinner, such as the bride’s favorite — linguine with prawns and mushrooms, flatbread with proscuitto and figs and sticky toffee pudding.
Also available will be Princess Diana’s salad choice of roasted beets with goat cheese. There will be English scones with cream and strawberry jam to go with a pot or cup of tea. The restaurant also has a variety of British beers to enjoy with lunch and dinner.
Tea with Me at Audrey’s
104 10th St. N., Naples,. 403-8322. Tea with Me at Audrey’s will feature a royal wedding-inspired afternoon tea from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 29. The tea includes four varieties of tea sandwiches, two varieties of scones served with clotted cream, strawberry preserves and lemon curd, four miniature tea pastries and a pot of tea for $22.50 per person. The three-tiered tea will also include a surprise complimentary bubbly beverage. Patrons are invited to wear a Kate Middleton-type hat.
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, 598-6644. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, having a high tea celebration from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 29 for $75 per person, which includes tax, gratuity and valet parking for patrons. The tea includes a Champagne toast for those 21 and older and orange juice for those younger, live classical entertainment, a commemorative gift, tea sandwiches, scones with fruit preserves and Devonshire cream, pastries and several English teas.
Princess Cruises is broadcasting the wedding on its ships and are going royal with look-alike contests, wedding trivia competitions and royal-themed cocktails. The late Princess Diana, the groom’s mother, christened the original Royal Princess ship in 1984.
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