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Great British Summer: The Royal Garden Party
What speaks more of the Great British Summer than the Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse? Cucumber sandwiches on the lawn, refreshing glasses of elderflower cordial, a nice wedge of fruitcake, with ladies in hats and gentlemen in morning coats; there is something quintessentially and splendidly British about the whole affair.
Sadly, you’re not allowed cameras at the event, so I couldn’t capture the glories of the sweet and savoury treats on offer, but a prominent local photo-realistic artist did capture this lovely sketch of The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and I exchanging light pleasantries.
My only gripe with the whole occasion was that the aforementioned cucumber sandwiches were made in an entirely unsatisfactory manner. Many years ago, I saw a demonstration of the correct method, given by a member of the royal household. The sandwich makers from this event would do well to dig out that footage from the archives, as the breathtaking anguish at being confronted with the seeds (heaven forefend) of the cucumber, where no seeds should be, was a moment of sheer unabashed horror.
As part of the summertime theme, I believe my fellow Geeks and I will be congregating nearby to recreate the Garden Party spirit, once this weather improves. I imagine a few more glasses of Pimms will be taken during our humble tribute.
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