British royal wedding has frugal streak: Bring your own food!

The royal wedding

In picture: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Piucture credit: Instagram/Kensington Official

The royal wedding is just a fortnight away, but guests have one reason less to look forward to it. It has emerged that the British royal family won’t be putting out anything extravagant by way of a feast.

Guests who attend the wedding reception on May 19 will have to bring their own food! The British royal family has actually asked guests as much, according to a Guardian report.

The report said the royal family will serve light refreshments to the 1,200 guests invited to the Windsor Castle grounds. The wedding itself will take place at the St George’s Chapel inside the castle.

Bring your own picnic?

The Guardian report quoted one of the guests – who received a letter from the royal family’s representatives to bring their own picnic – as saying that the move was “unfathomable.”

The guests are expected to spend close to four hours at the lawn of the Windsor Castle during the ceremony.

The British royal family is, incidentally, said to have a net worth of £400 million, or around $540 million.

One of the guests, Said Atocha, was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “They were saying ‘how come they have this money and you have to bring a picnic?’ I am of the same opinion. It’s unfathomable.”

He also made light of the situation by expressing his willingness to bring fast food from a nearby eatery chain. “There’s a McDonald’s, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to bring in a filet meal,” he said.

However, he also expressed hope that the move would be taken back. “Maybe there will be a U-turn,” he said.

The Royal Wedding
Gurkhas perform a step lining party, for a service of thanksgiving for Sir Edmund Hillary at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. [Representational image] | Picture credit: UK Royals’ official website

The royal wedding details

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement took place on November 27 last year.

According to the official page of the wedding on the royal family’s website: “The service will begin at St George’s Chapel at midday and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Rt Revd David Conner.”

It added: “The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.”

The page also said: “At 1 pm, following the service, the couple will travel around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, providing an opportunity for members of the public to see them and join in with the celebrations.”

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