High Tea in honor of Kate and William's Wedding

HRH Queen Elizabeth II
and her loyal subject
command your presence
at the wedding
of her most eligible bachelor grandson
Prince William
to that usurping commoner
Hats Required, Gloves Encouraged

High Tea will be served.

How can you say no to an invitation like that?
(I found this hat but it was plain and boring all white.   I added the feathers and the black rose)
I immediately replied YES and couldn't wait to attend.   Rachel and I are both British so it makes the Royal Wedding even more fun for us.

 I caught glimpses of the Royal Wedding early yesterday morning because I just couldn't stand it.  However, I did save watching Kate walking down the isle until I arrived at the tea at 3:00.

My sister in laws with one missing :(
We were all good sports and obeyed the instructions to wear hats! 
Rachel had delicious goodies for us all!
Strawberries make everything gourmet.
All spread out on china of course.
Doilies make everything look delicious!
The tea was brewed to perfection with cream and sugar, served in grandma's china!
Aren't they a beautiful couple?  Such a romantic ceremony.
My favorite 4 things about the wedding....
#1.  The Cake

Absolutely stunning and goes beautifully with her dress.  Can you imagine being the decorator in charge? Oh, the stress.

(Designer Fiona Carns)

ETERNAL love, beauty and endurance... these are just some of the special meanings behind the lavish official wedding cake.  The eight-tier cake featured 17 different flower designs, each symbolising a particular quality.

#2.  The trees in the Abbey along with the flower arrangements. 

They made the bride and groom the focal point. Westminster Abbey is so incredibly large.  The trees made it much more intimate than I remember Charles and Diana's wedding being.

(London-based floral designer Shane Connolly)
Kate's comment is that she wanted the wedding to be English, natural, seasonal and ethical.  Perfect words to describe exactly what the wedding was.  The flowers blended into the surroundings and looked like you were in a garden.  Very natural with pops of white here and there.
Kate's bouquet is also believed to have contained stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845, as well as a sprig from the myrtle used in the Queen's wedding bouquet of 1947.  Lily of the Valley suggests purity and Kate's dad a Cornwall farmer sent 60 bunches of Duchy Lily of the Valley for her flowers.
#3 The Carriage

Just like a fairy tale!  Absolutely breathtaking and just like every princess dreams of being treated.  It was just like a Disney movie.

#4 The hats

They added such color to the audience.  There were a few "lady gaga" looking hats but I think they added such interest and great conversation for those of us that were watching as each guest arrived at the Abbey.

Oh my goodness, such fun but how do they keep these on?   Wowza!
 After wearing a hat all day myself, I must say it is incredibly hard to drive with a large hat rubbing against the seat.  I stopped to pump gas and had a lot of staring and pointing going on in my direction too.   Oh and the hat hair is not very pretty afterwards.
(How do they pin these on??)
Britain, you made me proud to be British!