The celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen of England are approaching. On the menu, cold chicken and its mayonnaise-based sauce, the classic Afternoon Tea and cocktails.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 70th anniversary in June. Fans of the royal family can rest assured even if you can’t join the festivities, here’s how to get into the holiday spirit, with some ideas to celebrate.
What was eaten at the 1953 coronation banquet?
69 years ago, after her coronation, the Queen served a banquet at Buckingham Palace, guests were able to sample a rather special menu.
- A royal drink : A chicken soup and its cubes of salted and not vanilla custard as per tradition.
- Beef fillet mascot : A fillet of beef with artichokes, potatoes, all sprinkled with pieces of truffle.
- A little salad
- A mango sorbet
Try coronation chicken in all its forms
To get started, you can try the famous coronation chicken or Coronation Chicken, a cold chicken recipe that is almost endless. Basically, it is a blend of herbs, curry and mayonnaise sauce, which is eaten in salads. But you can also eat it in a sandwich. During the 2002 Golden Jubilee, a new version appeared, this time more modern. The chicken is marinated in lime and ginger, always accompanied by a mayonnaise-based sauce, always with lime and ginger.
British chef Heston Blumenthal also revisited the dish, during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, this time the meat is accompanied by his mayonnaise, curry and mango chutney sauce.
Have tea for the Classic afternoon tea
To end the day, the classic afternoon tea. If you are passing through London, three addresses to try in particular.
- The London Marriott Hotel County Hall, especially if your name is Elizabeth, because you will be entitled to your free afternoon tea throughout the month of June.
- At the Castle Hotel, near Windsor Castle, where chef Suraj Lokhande serves a Jubilee Afternoon Tea, inspired by Queen Elizabeth.
- And a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, at the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, if you’re looking for a slightly less traditional experience. Desserts are served in miniature carriages.
But you can also make it at home by pouring yourself some tea and trying these cake and cookie recipes.
Clink a gin drink for the queen
For lovers of liqueurs and spirits of all kinds. The Royal Collection Trust and its store, the official one of Buckingham Palace, offers two special gins for the occasion. One herbal from the Royal Gardens and the other from the Queen’s private property, the Sandringham Estate. But also, a sparkling wine in a bottle created for the occasion, inspired by the coronation dress and printed with the queen’s initials. Hotel Goring offers a cocktail created especially for the occasioncalled the Jubilee effervescence, based on liqueur and champagne, all decorated with gold leaf. And anyway, drink a toast to the Queen by serving yourself a classic gin and tonic.