Iconic London fashion afternoon tea features crowns, hats and fascinators to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

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Yesterday we told you how the 100 year old afternoon tea menu at the Ritz-Carlton London is getting a ‘British makeover’ ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

But it seems that The Ritz isn’t the only luxury London hotel paying homage to the Royal Family. To celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s reign, The Berkeley is launching ‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’ from May 29 to June 9. Expect fancies, choux buns and biscuits that have been transformed to resemble the most memorable hats worn by the Royal Family to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne.

‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’ includes fashionista delectables such as a praline profiterole inspired by the much-talked-about Philip Treacy fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice at The Royal Wedding, as well as Queen Elizabeth’s legendary crown, worn for her coronation in 1953, recreated as a vanilla biscuit with intricate icing and sugar diamonds. 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 pannacotta macaroon, and a stately blueberry hat cake with sugar roses and green leaves, is inspired by a Rachel Trevor-Morgan design, 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 hat, recently worn by Queen Elizabeth in Canada, and of course a Launer London handbag cake as worn by Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Wedding. The monarch is believed to have worn more than 5000 hats since she was crowned in 1952.

‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’ will be served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm from May 29 to June 9, priced at £36.50 per person. For more information on afternoon tea at The Berkeley, visit http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/fashionista_tea.aspx

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