Although the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton will airing live during the wee hours of the morning on April 29 (coverage starts on CBC at 2 am), throughout the day and over the course of the weekend here’s where you can celebrate the royal nuptials around Calgary.
The Fairmont Palliser Hotel
The Fairmont Palliser Hotel in downtown Calgary is hosting a few celebrations on Friday, April 29, starting with their Royal Breakfast “Tying the Windsor Knot.” The event includes a telecast of the wedding, breakfast buffet complete with signature English dishes such as smoked salmon on beetroot blinis, English trifles, scones, crumpets, preserves and tea. There may also be an appearance by some royal impersonators. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their “Sunday best” along with an elegant English hat or fascinator. Tickets $45, call 403-260-1222.
Shortly after the morning breakfast at 11 am try Royal Wedding themed cocktails in the Oak Room and Rimrock Restaurant.
Or, if you miss the early morning airing, the hotel is showing highlights from the wedding from 2 pm – 4 pm in the Oak Room Lounge during a traditional English afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches, pastries, scones, preserves and Devonshire clotted cream.
Toast the newlyweds with a drink special at Bottlescrew Bills—they’re also serving up a three-course meal starting with Welsh Rarebit (glorified melted cheese on toast), Toad in a Hole (sausages wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding batter) and Spotted Dick (sponge cake with raisins) for dessert, $29.95 or $39.95 on a souvenir plate that you can keep. There’ll be more celebrations over at The Dog and Duck Pub who is hosting a “Royal themed” evening with band Claymore on Friday evening.
The British Pantry
If you missed the event on Friday, go for Royal Tea on Saturday April 30 in the parking lot of Northland Plaza hosted by the British Pantry at 2 pm. To attend e-mail email@example.com
Pick up a Momento
Pick up a limited edition Thomas Sabo William and Kate charm at The Willows Casual Home—while you’re there, put on a crown and have your picture taken with their “Royal Family.”
On April 29 you can purchase the Royal Wedding Keepsake Kit at participating Canada Posts. The kit includes the Collectible Souvenir Stamp Sheet with one domestic and one international royal wedding stamp set on the background of Westminster Abbey, a Royal Wedding Souvenir Postcard and the Royal Greetings Postcard specially addressed and ready for you to send your best wishes to the bride and groom. You can also order souvenir products online from Canada Post such as champagne flutes, glass tumblers, porcelain mugs, postage stamps, coin covers, books, plates, postcards and more.
Currently The British Pantry is sold out of souvenirs, but they are expecting an order to arrive after the wedding.
The Glenbow Museum
See famous photos of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and The Duke & Duchess of Windsor by one of the world’s most famous portrait photographers, Yousuf Karsh, in their exihibit Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes.
— Allison Onyett