Although much of the Western World seems to have gone Royal Wedding crazy lately there’s one place where it will be business (relatively) as usual. And that’s here in Dublin. Geographically, Ireland may be part of the British Isles but visitors should remember that the Republic of Ireland is most certainly not British and has no allegiance to the Royal Family. Indeed following centuries of strife between the two governments it is little surprise that there is a real antipathy in some quarters to the whole concept of the Royal Family.
But of course, this is not only a British affair, but world news, and as Dublin will also be catering for its many thousand visitors, as well as many Dubliners who will no doubt be curious about , if not exactly enamoured of the whole ceremony, it will of course be screened and publicised, and even celebrated in certain places.
The glitziest bash in town is likely to be at the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen’s Green with wedding-themed cocktails and a big screen. Another option is to watch it at Harvey Nichols department store in the stylish surroundings of the award -winning First Floor Bar while tucking into a Royal Wedding Brunch Buffet. Tickets cost 35 Euros per person, which includes a Bellini on arrival and a “complimentary” Harvey Nichols Royal Wedding Celebratory Mug (said to be worth 20 Euros). No doubt they will be selling them for 10 Euros in a weeks time but who knows, one day it may be a valuable antique!
Booking for “Harvey Nicks”: Places are limited advanced booking is essential. Bookings are available from 10.30am and the ceremony is due to take place at 11am. Book on 291 0488. The shop is actually just out of town at the Dundrum centre; there are several buses, or take the LUAS Green Line-St. Stephens Green to Brides Glen. Following the wedding you can then shop the day away!