Swirls: Wine and bubbly, of course, but don’t ask for a cold beer at the Royal Wedding reception

As just about anyone who has organized or taken part in a wedding reception knows, there are certain guests for whom nothing hits the spot like a beer or two after the blessed event.  And there are those who simply don’t drink wine, preferring beer instead. With that in mind, it’s pretty standard practice to have generous amounts of beer on hand for those who can’t wait for that first cold one after sitting through the formalities.

This, however, will not be the case at this Friday’s Royal Wedding. We know that Pol Roger Champagne and wine will be prince-charles_080502 served at the reception at Westminster Abbey, but beer, it turns out, will not be offered even though William’s father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince Harry, are known to have enjoyed a pint. This was a big story in the British media, including the Daily Mail, over the weekend as more details of the wedding emerged and was even picked up on NPR this morning. One source was quoted as saying that beer “isn't really an appropriate drink to be serving in the Queen's presence at such an occasion.” Caterers, by the way, are said to be preparing 15,000 canapes, including quail's eggs with celery salt, mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and mini sausage rolls (this is a British wedding, after all).

The really fun part of the story, however, lies in the comment section of the Daily Mail article:

“What??” asks one. “ No pints to go wiv the mini 'amburgers and mini 'otdogs. That's it - I for one won't be attending!”

Says another: “What rubbish! Many beers have a royal warrant. To pick just one from our cellar: William Worthington's White Shield brewed 'By Appointment to HM The Queen’.”

What do you think?


  1. I am just wondering how much did the caterers earn from that event.

    NYC Catering

  2. Caterers make a killing from events like that, because high rollers come in and pay seriously good money.

  3. That is true. Big wigs are the main guests in such events, so they offer only the highest quality dishes for premium prices.

  4. England for me offers the best beers in the world. Every time I go to the U.K. for vacation, I see to it that I try new beers, pale ales, old ales, or ciders.

  5. I think beer isn't really an appropriate drink to be serving in the Queen's presence at such an occasion but it would be awesome if they did serve it.