Royal Wedding screening events in Toronto
The Royal Wedding goes down this Friday. While many couldn't care less, it's estimated that two billion people will tune in to watch the nuptials of Price William and Kate Middleton. I'll be among those asleep in my cozy, cozy, bed but for those who are planning on getting up at 5 a.m. or earlier to catch the big event--don't worry, you won't be reduced to sitting home alone weeping softly into your commemorative hankie. There are a variety of events in Toronto holding live screenings of the wedding (spoiler alert: they kiss), with various degrees of monarchy appreciation.
Check out these options for watching the Royal Wedding in Toronto:
CBC Royal Wedding Viewing Party
Why not watch the Royal Wedding with your favourite Canadian broadcaster!? Well...because people are being encouraged to show up in their wedding dresses... that's why. In any case, besides door prizes for the best wedding dress, hat, or bridesmaid dress, free scones and tea is being offered at the event, which will be held at the Atrium of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Just look for the parade of marching brides.
Windsor Arms: The Royal Experience
From free to $675. The Windsor Arms is offering a Royal Experience package, which includes one night's hotel stay, Twilight Royal Tea on the evening of the 28th, a commemorative gift (fingers crossed for these), and a traditional English breakfast during the screening. You can also opt for an à la carte "Royal Experience" of just the breakfast and live broadcast for $125, which will run from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Nothing says "royal love" like a trip to the mall. That's why the Eaton Centre is hosting its own screening party from its so-called Royal Wedding Lounge in Centre Court on Level 2. There, you will be greeted by Palace Guards and Palace Hostesses (I'm guessing Abercrombie models in disguise... we'll see) and treated to a Blissful Bites cupcake and Starbucks tea. Free and starts at 6 a.m.
It doesn't look like you'll be able to enjoy a pint while you watch the Royal Wedding, but the Fox and Fiddle on Wellesley will open its kitchen at 5:30 a.m. so you can take your pick from its brunch menu. Must RSVP ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Le Méridien King Edward Hotel is serving the real deal during its live screening event, offering an authentic English breakfast prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Schick. To be served in the Sovereign Ballroom, the menu includes three tiers of scones including Tuxford cheddar spring scallion savory scones and smoked salmon on dill and mustard seed scones, banger sausages, black pudding, a yogurt trifle, baked beans, hot cross muffins and more. You probably won't even know there's a wedding going on. Starts at 5 a.m., $65 per person.
For something a little more low-key, Rebas Cafe & Gallery in the Junction is offering a "pajamas optional" screening event to watch the wedding live. The event starts at 5:45 a.m., and Reba's will be offering scones and tea.
The Duke of Kent is British all year round, so no surprise it's hosting an event for Will and Kate's big day. It "requests your presence" at its location at Yonge and Eglinton for 5 a.m., when it will be offering a traditional English breakfast for $8.99. In the spirit of the wedding, The Duke also asks that you dress "as if you were in the company of the Queen herself. Ladies wear your best fancy hats, and gentlemen dust off your powder blue tuxes." At least it's not wedding dresses...
On the Park Events & Conference Centre is screening the Royal Wedding on its 17-foot HD TV screen, ensuring you'll be able to see every silk embroidered stitch. Executive Chef Alastair Gray and his team will be preparing breakfast, which you can enjoy whilst admiring riders in a horse-drawn carriage. Ah, the life. Doors open at 5:30 a.m., and cost is $25 per person.
Nothing brings a community together like watching strangers wed, right? Councillor Sarah Doucette is hosting an event at the Swansea Town Hall at 95 Lavinia Ave. on the morning of the big day. Starting at 5:45 a.m., guests can come for free and enjoy coffee, tea, and a light breakfast.
The Elephant and Castle on King Street will be opening its doors at 6:00 a.m. for ex-Pats and the like to enjoy the Royal Wedding. In terms of promotions, it is offering $1 off on all 20oz. pints of London Pride, which, of course, you won't be able to enjoy until a while after they say, "I do."
The Fairmont Royal York is offering two options for those looking to catch the televised broadcast. For the posh, it seems, the Library Bar will be hosting traditional English tea, while EPIC Lounge will be serving up its English breakfast of bacon rashers, black pudding, baked beans and more, both starting at 5:00 a.m. Tea is $35 and breakfast is $21, and reservations must be made ahead of time.
Image by Charles Pachter, created for the CAMH Foundation to celebrate the Royal Wedding
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