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.
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One final photo, shared moments before the festivities began, reveals an up-close look at the incredible finished product.
A sneak peek of the State Banquet table in the Buckingham Palace Ballroom.
The final finishing touches will be added shortly before The Queen welcomes @POTUS, @FLOTUS, members of the Royal Family and around 170 guests to celebrate the #USStateVisit. pic.twitter.com/yFNCx1vYSH
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 3, 2019
Todayreports that guests dined on halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce, followed by Windsor lamb with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and a port sauce. Dessert was a decadent strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream.