Four Ways To Get In Royal Wedding Mode

In anticipation of the ROYAL WEDDING this Saturday, Penny McCormick shares four ways to celebrate in the lead-up to the big day, from PRÊT-À-PORTEA in London to special edition cocktails at LEMUELS

WHAT: We’ll be in front of the TV on Saturday morning, May 19, hopefully with some homebaking and a bottomless cup of coffee to watch the coverage across assorted channels. We’ll be taking our cue and inspiration for the former from The Berkeley’s new book Pret-a-Portea, High Fashion Bakes & Biscuits which celebrates the latest catwalk trends. If you happen to be in London Prêt-à-Portea is served in the Collins Room at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge from 1:30-5:30pm every day priced at £52.

WHO: While it’s more or less a given Ralph & Russo will be designing Ms Markle’s dress, we’re wondering what it will be like, and have been swapping notes in the office about style. I’m going for a full skirt and lots of beading and embroidery. Irish-born, New York based designer Don O’Neill, creative director of Theia has done this drawing and says, “Because Meghan is such a sexy, modern, young lady that’s not particularly part of the royal protocol, I see her in a fitted, sexy — maybe a mermaid — dress, but definitely with a high neck and probably a long sleeve for the occasion, and to be appropriate. I don’t see her in a ball gown. Although, my finale gown is what I’d like to see her in: the gorgeous tapestry with the plunging neckline.”

WHAT: To mark the wedding, Conrad Dublin has created a special “Happily Ever After” cocktail, which will be served in Lemuels during the month of May. Taking inspiration from the Royal wedding plans, elements include Beefeater Pink Gin (which will be served at the wedding and also a nod to the Beefeaters who will be ushers), rhubarb and ginger liqueur, (rhubarb crumble is a favourite pudding with the royal family, and of course Prince Harry is a famous ginger) and topped with Rosé Champagne (apparently a favourite drink of Meghan’s, and she is seen drinking it regularly in Suits). Resting on top is a strawberry infused sugar crown, which is studded with edible silver chocolate jewels. It may be elaborate but it’s delicious. For bookings, telephone 01 602 8900, visit

AND: We’ll be wearing something sparkly … any excuse after all!


Cream sequin cardigan, €50 River Island.

Nude fluted Midi dress, €269 River Island

Silver Aurora Collection necklace, Paul Costelloe, €120, at Dunnes Stores.

Penny McCormick

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