The wedding of the century is fast approaching. Prince William, future heir to the British throne, and his elegant bride Kate Middleton will wed on Friday, April 29th at Westminster Abbey in London. But you don’t have to travel southward for the big event — toast the happy couple right here in Edinburgh at one of these celebrations.
Royal Street Parties and Big Screen TVs
Small and impromptu street parties will be held throughout Edinburgh, but check out these two scheduled events. The Ghillie-Dhu Royal Wedding Street Party will feature live coverage of the wedding, as well as a lunch buffet, a glass of Pimms for each guest and live music from 8 p.m. The party starts at 1:30 p.m. and costs £10.95 per person. Book now!
You could also “gatecrash” the Blackhall neighborhood party. Free to enter, about 140 residents are expected to attend. Tea and cakes will be served and youngsters will entertain this north west suburb with a talent show. This is a great opportunity to mingle with locals at a low-key affair. Learn more about other neighborhood parties.
Or watch Wills and Kate tie the knot live on a giant BBC screen in Festival Square, opposite Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Lothian Road.
Historic Celebrations and Hotel Tea Parties
The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s former floating home, is offering a special promotion to visitors on the day of the nuptials. Receive a commemorative rosette, a piece of Britannia wedding cake, and a complimentary tot of whisky or rum to toast the prince and future princess of England. The ship’s Royal Deck Tea Room will serve a special Royal Wedding Champagne Afternoon Tea, but be sure to book in advance.
You can also the websites of local hotels to see if they are hosting special parties for the occasion (I have a feeling most will). Here’s one to consider: The Edinburgh Best Western Capital Hotel will show the wedding on a big screen while serving a “Great British Tea” with all the trimmings. £9.95 per person, or £7.50 for children.
[Photo courtesy of The British Monarchy]