Custom blended Wedding Celebration Tea from Tealeaves served at the King Edward Hotel to celebrate the marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William.
TORONTO – It may not be London, but it could be the next best thing.
The King Edward Hotel is throwing its own bash to celebrate the marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William by serving a royal breakfast where people can watch a live feed of the April 29 wedding.
“We felt that with the rich pageantry the King Edward has had, it was a natural fit to host such an event,” Tim Reardon, the general manager of the hotel, said. “We’ve hosted countless Royals here at the hotel, so it really was an opportunity to partake in the royal wedding.”
The King Eddy has seen the likes of Prince Phillip, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, King Edward VIII and Prince George through its doors since 1903, when the hotel opened.
Breakfast will be served between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 150 diners in the Sovereign Ballroom at the hotel, an Edwardian-era style area where two big-screen TVs will stream the wedding ceremony.
“We know not a lot of people got an invitation to the wedding so it’s a way for them to come here and see the live feed and just partake in all the festivities,” Reardon said.
The $65 meal includes a full English breakfast platter of bangers, bacon, baked beans with molasses, oven-blistered tomato, black pudding and sunny eggs.
Served with freshly-squeezed orange juice, scones, hot cross muffins and preserves are side dishes with breakfast. For dessert, the menu includes a raspberry and passion fruit yogurt trifle.
“For the occasion, we wanted to serve an afternoon tea, which we actually serve in the morning,” executive chef Daniel Schick said. “We had to keep in mind this wedding is at 5 a.m. so if people are going to be watching it for a couple of hours, it has to be something we can serve to our guests.”
Diners will each get to take home a special tin box of “Wedding Celebration Tea”, imported from Vancouver, which contains Ceylon and China black tea, accented with rose petals and bergamot.
“I’m not the greatest follower of the Royals, but our hotel has so much tradition that royalty is part of our hotel, so that’s our pride,” Schick said.
The Royals aren’t the other celebrities who have stayed at the hotel. The Sovereign Ballroom is where Richard Burton once proposed to Elizabeth Taylor in 1964. “So it’s fitting that we’re showing another wedding in here,” Reardon said.