Royal Family Shares Rare Look at What Goes into Hosting a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

If you think a lot goes into throwing a bridal shower, consider what it would take to host 170 royals and dignitaries for a lavish, white-tie dinner in a 319-year-old home.

Spoiler: a whole heck of a lot.

The royal family took to social media to reveal a rare behind-the-scenes look at the 24 hours of preparation involved in Monday night’s State Banquet for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania at Buckingham Palace.

A series of photos begins with a long table in the process of being set. A palace attendant can be seen careful placing a piece of gilded flatware among the candelabras and verdant floral arrangements. The next two photos share a look at the elaborate assembly required of the ornate candelabras, while two more show the royal florists hard at work crafting the pretty floral centerpieces.