As soon as the engagement between the younger son of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales was announced, the world spun into a frenzy of eager anticipation. The date of the Royal Wedding has now been agreed and we thought it would be fun to commemorate this special event with a programme which will delve into the secrets of this nation’s beloved first family, as well as exploring some of the etiquette and traditions behind modern celebrations.
Meghan is a North American and by her own admission knew very little of the Royal Family and their role in our country before she met her Prince Charming. She is a ‘commoner’, educated at private school but who has, essentially, lived for her whole life as an ordinary middle class citizen, albeit a well known actress in her home country. As a result, little is known about her, and there are certainly no elaborate stately homes to visit which boast her ancestors. We are fairly sure, however, that by the time Meghan takes her marriage vows she will have come to know and love many Royal traditions and places of heritage.
We invite you to celebrate this occasion which is, and always will be, very much a family affair, but with the whole world watching and taking part in their hearts.
A welcome buffet lunch at the prestigious private members’ Sloane Club, Chelsea hosted by the founder of The English Manner, Alexandra Messervy, formerly of the Royal Household of Her Majesty The Queen and Lord Fermoy, cousin to Prince Harry and Diana, Princess of Wales. Learn some of the secrets behind planning such an event together with thoughtful conversations about the British Royal Family, traditions and weddings!
An afternoon with the Blues and Royals Household Cavalry; an exclusive private guided Directors’ tour of the Household Cavalry Museum with Lord Fermoy, who like Prince Harry is a former officer, before watching the Changing of the Guard and feeding time.
Accommodation at the Sloane Club in beautifully appointed bedrooms (suites available on request) with continental breakfast each day as special guests.
A very special opportunity to visit one of Princess Diana’s favourite couture designers before a visit to the childhood and now adult home of Prince Harry, at Kensington Palace, the State Apartments and a new exciting exhibition; Victoria Revealed, which will showcase hundreds of items, documents and historical facts about the life of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne aged just 18 in 1837.
A tour of the Royal gardens with Todd Lonstaffe-Gowan, Royal gardens historian and consultant, followed by a traditional Royal afternoon tea at the award winning Milestone Hotel.
A day at Stonor Park, the family home of a former Lord Chamberlain to Her Majesty The Queen. One of the very few houses in England which has remained in the ownership of the same family from the earliest records to the present day. The buildings date from the 12th century, nestling in a fold of the Chiltern hills with breathtaking views. Old Master drawings, family portraits and Renaissance tapestries jostle for space here, along with a rare collection of furniture as well as modern ceramics.
Tea at Phyllis Court with the Contessa Angela Postiglione and a discussion on the European Royals and guests who will be attending the Wedding. An early evening view of Eton College and Royal Windsor (details to be given on arrival) and the public celebrations.
An exclusive private view of the Crown Jewels and a visit to the Banqueting House, the only remaining component of the Royal Palace of Whitehall, followed by a visit to Royal St. James’s and a selection of Royal Warrant Holders.
A special private view of the beautifully restored Georgian gem, Spencer House, former family home of Diana, Princess of Wales.
A drinks reception joined by Royal milliner, Vivien Sherriff who has created many hats for The Duchess of Cambridge and younger members of the Royal Family. A discussion on formal dress styles and how to wear a hat over a glass of champagne, and then joined by leading society florist and school principal, Judith Blacklock, for a chat about Royal flowers and creating special occasion designs for weddings and parties.
Highlights of Royal Wedding Day to be advised when the detailed timetable is known, to include televised proceedings, followed by a Champagne Reception and Farewell Dinner at the Army and Navy Club hosted by Lord Fermoy to celebrate with invited guests!