Lunch Is Served! See What's on the Menu for Queen Elizabeth's Delicious 90th Birthday Picnic
Take a peek inside the most decadent royal picnic basket!
It’s a meal fit for a queen!
Queen Elizabeth is planning to celebrate her 90th birthday with a special picnic lunch on June 12 – and guests are in for quite the treat. (The Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21 – but she normally publicly marks her milestone in June, with the Trooping the Colour parade in London.)
The event, which also celebrates the royal’s patronage of more than 600 charities and organizations, will see The Mall transformed into its largest ever street party with 10,000 people seated for a picnic-style lunch. Tickets for the lunch don’t come cheap at $215 per person.
Guests are set to receive their own bespoke Patron’s Lunch Hamper provided by Marks & Spencer. Inside the wicker basket will be a decadent lunch and afternoon tea picnic, which has been hand-picked by the experts at M&S and shows off the very best of British produce and ingredients.
Highlights from the menu include a Scottish Smoked Salmon Mousse with Hot and Cold Smoked Salmon, Pembrokeshire Chicken Salad, Mini Piccalilli Pork Pie and British Windsor Apple Juice.
For dessert, guests will be treated to a duo of vanilla and lemon cakes and a “Posh raspberry Royale,” which includes Norfolk Tulameen raspberries and strawberry jelly layered with a sponge and clotted whipped cream.
“The Patron’s Lunch Hamper has been created by our food experts who have put all their passion and creative know-how into devising a very special menu for the celebration, Sandra Ziles, head of M&S product development, said in a statement. “We’ve worked closely with our farmers and producers to ensure we showcase the very best of British produce at The Patron’s Lunch and we’re looking forward to seeing guests enjoying the picnic on The Mall.”
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M&S will also be helping the nation to celebrate The Patron’s Lunch with a bespoke picnic collection to purchase in-store, allowing shoppers to create their own celebration on streets and parks across the country with friends and family.
See the full menu below!
Scottish Smoked Salmon mousse with hot and cold smoked salmon
Creamy hot smoked salmon mousse topped with Sandringham oak smoked Lochmuir salmon
Pemrokeshire chicken roulade salad
Roasted free range chicken roulade with Wye Valley asparagus and minted Cornish potato salad with pea shoots, creamy mayo and a herb drizzle
Posh raspberry Royale
Norfolk Tulameen raspberries & a strawberry jelly, layered with a sponge & clotted whipped cream hand decorated with a chocolate plaque
Best of British sandwich selection
Roast Northern Irish beef with horseradish mayonnaise & baby watercress on soft white bread
Smoked Scottish Loch Etive trout with a dill dressing and watercress on soft wholemeal bread
Farmhouse mature Welsh cheddar with Kentish Claret tomatoes and Windsor apple chutney on soft malted brown bread
Applewood smoked Wiltshire ham with Tewkesbury mustard on soft white bread
Mini piccalilli pork pie
Our expert bakers have been making pork pies since 1824 using select cuts of British pork encased in hot water crust pastry and hand finished with tangy piccalilli
Classic duo of butterfly cakesLight vanilla sponge cake topped with delicious strawberry frosting and a moist lemon cake topped with lemon frosting, both finished with delicate butterfly wings
British cheese & seeded oat cakes
Our exclusive Cornish Cove mature cheese and classic Red Leicester with Scottish seeded oatcakes
Pressed Windsor apple juice
These beautiful red apples have a wonderful parentage; a cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg varieties, resulting in a delicious juice. The fruit is pressed in Suffolk exclusively for M&S.
Bottle of water