Tate & Lyle Royal Icing Sugar are sponsoring an exhibition of royal wedding cakes through the ages at Wellington Arch, London on 22nd – 25th April 2011 in celebration of the wedding of the UK’s Prince William to his fiancée Kate Middleton on April 29th 2011.
Simon Smith & Roland Rotherham – co-authors of “Simmering Through the Ages: A Culinary Journey Through History” have collated an exhibition showing the recipes used for royal wedding cakes in the past and even a few tasters for visitors to the London monument.
Found at Hyde Park Corner, Wellington Arch was originally commissioned as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace and moved to its present site in 1882. The bronze sculpture which sits atop the arch is called the Quadriga and is the largest bronze sculpture in Europe.
The balconies of the Wellington Arch give a full view of London’s Royal Parks, the Houses of Parliament and the Household Cavalry, who pass beneath on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. Inside the Arch, three floors of exhibits are linked by a lift and staircase.
In addition to the excitement of the royal wedding cakes, entrance to the Wellington Arch will be free over the four days of the exhibition – saving over £12 for a family of four – courtesy of Tate & Lyle Sugar. Limited edition packs of Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Royal Icing Sugar will be available at Tesco, Waitrose, Co-op and Lidl to celebrate the royal wedding. Tate & Lyle Royal Icing Sugar holds of the royal warrant for the provision of sugar to Her Majesty the Queen.
Around one million visitors are expected to throng the Mall in London to see Prince William and Kate Middleton travel to and from Westminster Abbey on their wedding day, Friday 29th April 2011, echoing the crowds that centred on London for the Golden Jubilee in 2002.
A national holiday has been declared for the occasion and Visit London have organised a host of Wills and Kate themed attractions for the tourists present that week, including royal-themed talks at the National Gallery, complimentary days out at ZSL London Zoo over the Royal Wedding weekend for anyone named William or Kate, and royally-themed walks and performances.