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Well, I'll eat my hat! Royal Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea sees THAT Princess Beatrice hat turned into a praline profiterole
By Deborah Arthurs
Jubilee fever is gaining pace, and establishments across the nation are lining up to show their appreciation for the Queen.
The latest to create a fitting tribute for Her Majesty is the Berkeley Hotel in London's Knightsbridge, whose iconic Pret-a-Portea has been feeding fashionistas (yes, they do eat!) for years with minute edible versions of fashion classics.
From miniature Mulberry bags to Jimmy Choo shoes, the Pret-a-Portea collection has charted the changing face of fashion through its confectionary.
And now, the tea is set to honour the lady of the moment - Queen Elizabeth - with a specially designed Royal Jubilee tea called The Royal Collection.
Tasty tribute: Princess Beatrice's Philip Treacy hat has been recreated at The Berkeley in the shape of a praline profiterole
And brilliantly capturing the millinary zeitgeist, The Royal Collection will include a praline profiterole inspired by Princess Beatrice's infamous Philip Treacy royal wedding hat.
The clever pastry chefs have also rendered in vanilla biscuit form Queen Elizabeth’s legendary Imperial crown, worn for her coronation in 1953, which is adorned with intricate icing and sugar diamonds.
I'll eat my hat! The Berkeley Hotel's Pret-a-Portea collection includes miniatures of Royal headgear
Angela Kelly’s Canadian maple leaf hat, worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Canada, has been carefully prepared in the form of a bright red strawberry panna cotta macaroon, and a stately blueberry hat cake with sugar roses and green leaves is inspired by a design by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, one Queen Elizabeth’s favourite British milliners.
Other royal show-stoppers making an appearance on The Berkeley’s tea stand include Gina Foster’s memorable fascinator worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Zara Philip’s wedding; a light pink floral-trim hat, recently worn by Queen Elizabeth in Canada, and of course a black Launer London handbag cake as carried by Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Wedding, complete with its unmistakeable gold clasp.
The tribute is made all the more fitting given the monarch's predilection for a well-chosen hat.
The Queen is believed to have worn more than 5,000 hats since she was crowned in 1952 - not all of them rendered in sugar here, of course.
Hats off to her! The Royal Collection has been created to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne and includes hats worn by the Queen, as well as Beatrice's infamous 'pretzel' hat and the Queen's beloved Launer bag
Klaus Kabelitz, General Manager at The Berkeley commented: 'It is most definitely an exciting year for London and we had to think of a unique way to pay tribute to the Queens’s Diamond Jubilee.
'Our fashion inspired afternoon tea has always been a favourite with visitors and Londoners alike and we felt this was the perfect way to join in the nationwide celebration in June. The Berkeley is only a stones-throw from Buckingham Palace and I will personally be making a celebratory afternoon tea delivery to mark this special occasion!'
Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection will be served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm from 29 May to 9 June 2012, priced at £36.50 per person. (£46.50 including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or alternatively for the fashion conscious, £53.00 per person including a glass of couture champagne).
To make a reservation for Prêt-à-Portea call 020 7235 6000. Visit www.the-berkeley.co.uk for more information on afternoon tea at the Berkeley.