For anyone unable to get up at three in the morning to watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Old Sydney Society has the perfect event to celebrate the royal nuptials.
The afternoon before the London event, on Wednesday, April 27, from 4 to 6 pm, the OSS will host a Royal Wedding Tea at the Lyceum on Sydney’s George Street.
“At 4 pm sharp, we will toast William and Kate,” says Vanessa Childs Rolls, Vice President of the OSS. “Then an R.C.M.P. officer will cut the three tier wedding cake (created by Cape Breton Cake Decorators) with a ceremonial military sword.”
Organizers will serve cake and tea and juice as royal well wishers socialize and enjoy an exhibition detailing Sydney and Cape Breton’s ties to the British monarchy.
“Sydney had long, long historic ties to the British government,” Childs Rolls observes. “From 1785 to 1810, Cape Breton was an independent colony of the British Empire with Sydney as its capitol. That’s when the Loyalists like Cosset, Des Barres, and Cuyer, arrived on the island after the American Revolution forming another link to the Empire.”
“We have a massive exhibit of royal wedding memorabilia including various plates and china. There is a Princess Diana doll with real hair and eyelashes and a replica bridal gown. My favourite thing is the tiny mini-busts of Charles and Diana,” Childs Rolls explains.
There is also an exhibit of wedding gowns through time.
The event is open to the public, especially families, is free of charge, and will be broadcast live on CBC Radio’s Mainstreet.