Friday, 23 September 2011

The Queen's Table - 1

On 31st July I arrived at Balmoral Castle with the intention of visiting the garden. The gatehouse staff obviously realised that I am a bit of a VIP, and so invited me to park my scooter right outside the main gate whilst I spent two happy hours in the Castle grounds - honest! A group of German tourists even took my photo.

This was the very last day that the grounds were open to the general public until next Easter. Her Majesty The Queen was staying at Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh following the Royal Wedding on 30 July, and was due to arrive at Balmoral later that week for an eight week break from official duties. Her Majesty and the Royal Court would be eating plenty of fresh food during these days of relaxation, and the kitchen garden was well stocked for the impending visit. I shall be sharing with you some of the delights that would soon be gracing The Queen's Table. This will all lead into our celebration of Harvest Festival at the beginning of October.

Let's commence our Royal Tour with the singing of the National Anthem.

God save our gracious Queen,
long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us,
God save the Queen!

Thy choicest gifts in store
on her be pleased to pour,
long may she reign:
may she defend our laws,
and ever give us cause
to sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen!

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