Royal Wedding Champagne
Champagne has always been considered “the ordinary drink of kings and princes” and its royal connections date all the way back to the fifth century when Clovis, King of the Franks was baptised in Reims Cathedral by Bishop Saint Remi on Christmas Day. In fact many medieval popes would drink nothing else, and even English monarchs tended to own their own champagne vineyards and pressoirs, in order to ensure adequate supplies during times of war (of which there were many).
Thanks to the patronage of Queen Victoria, Champagne Bollinger was the first major brand to receive the British royal seal of approval, and Champagne Bollinger vintage RD (recemment degorge) wines were used at both Prince Charles and Prince Andrews’ weddings. Although the Queen did spruik a delicious locally made sparkling wine called Nyetimber during her diamond jubilee celebrations, Elisabeth II is well known for offering her guests a glass of Champagne Pol Roger white foil as an aperitif during state occasions (perhaps because it was the favourite brand of her first prime minister Winston Churchill). Its already been rumoured that vintage Krug will be served at the April 2011 wedding of modern day royal Prince William to his university sweetheart Kate Middleton.
Charitable Prince Charming
Whilst most wedding couples ask for toasters, wine glasses or maybe a washing machine, a race-horse topped the Queen and Prince Philip’s gift list, while Prince Charles and Diana scooped a GBP 1 million gem-encrusted gold model of an arab boat.
However, contrary to established royal tradition, Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided that they will only accept presents from close family members, but other guests will be asked to make a confidential charitable donation. ‘William and Kate have everything they need so they have decided that it might be nice to ask for charitable donations instead of presents,’ a palace source said in The Daily Mail. They have now set up a charitable gift fund for public donations from people who would like to help them celebrate their wedding. Find out more here.
For their first official royal outing together Prince William and Kate christened a new lifeboat in North Wales. Kate captivated the crowd by singing in Welsh and pouring a bottle of Champagne Bollinger on the bow. Watch this charming video on the BBC.
A specially named “Royal Wedding – Prince William” champagne has already been released in the UK by an enterprising Aube producer keen to cash in on royal wedding madness. The name “Prince William” champagne had been registered by an English company more than twenty years. London expects to receive more than one million visitors for this wedding of the century event, which is expected to generate 620 million pounds in additional revenue for local retailers. When Tesco launched a 26 pound replica of the dress Kate Middleton wore for her engagement online – it completely sold out within 60 minutes. A Tesco spokeswoman explained “This is a major opportunity for us. We expect high demand for party foods as people celebrate at home in front of the TV or host a barbecue in their gardens.” Tescos is also the place to buy your special bottle of Prince William champagne.
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