Last week I was invited to the most prestigious event I’m ever likely to be invited to, a birthday party for Her Majesty the Queen. The party was held in the sumptuous surroundings of the British Ambassador’s Garden. It was an evening filled with fun and frivolity and I felt incredibly privileged to be there.
The party was a very exclusive event, with only the finest members of Seoul’s society in attendance. How I was selected to be on the guest list I’ll never know, but somehow an invitation was sent to me and Cinderella went to the ball.
The party exuded luxury right from the get go, upon arrival the guests were greeted by the beefiest of beefeaters, but would you expect anything less from the Queen of England? And since she couldn’t be there in person a picture of the birthday girl herself taken by renowned British photographer David Bailey was there to welcome us to the soiree. I of course couldn’t resist taking a selfie, since when else do you get the chance for a selfie with The Queen.
As with any fabulous party, the liquor was flowing freely. So my first stop was to get a cocktail from Beefeater Gin. They had a choice of three available, a martini, a G&T, and a strawberry punch. I of course could not resist the strawberry punch. This drink was divine. I just couldn’t get enough of it, and it was my favourite drink of the evening. Nothing sums up a garden party better than a nice glass of fruit punch. I also love that it was served in giant punch bowl, as I really think it’s about time they made a comeback.
After the punch there was just enough time for a cheeky Vodka & Rosemary Tonic from Snow Leopard before the speeches started.
After a round of speeches from some very important guests, the dinner bell was rung and it was time to start queuing for the buffet. This was a buffet unlike most others. Exquisitely served in silver chafing dishes. The selection was staggering, all kinds of British favourites, I nearly died and went to heaven when I saw the giant steak and kidney pie. As well as pie there were curry, tarts, cheese, and salads galore including coronation chicken, which was first created in honour of The Queen’s coronation in 1953. Since then it’s remained a beloved British classic and has always been one of my favourites. One simply can’t have a picnic without it.
After I had filled my plate to the brim and devoured it with as much class as I could muster while eating one handed, I noticed there was a second area I had missed which had a station offering roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and gravy, so I went up straight back up for a second helping. There was also sausages on the barbecue from Gavin my favourite Scottish Butcher. I may have already had a lot on my plate, but I could never resist a nibble of Gavin’s sausage.
My dress was rather tight after the second plateful of food, but after exchanging pleasantries with dignitaries and socializing my way around the garden my discomfort soon dissipated so I was off to the conservatory for dessert. Trifle was the star of the day here, along with lemon meringue pie, chocolate torte, and fresh fruit.
After a rather extravagant dinner it was straight back to work for me. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I always work to the highest professional standards, so I thought it only right that I sampled a drink from each of the sponsors of the event. So off I went to Macallan.
Now unlike my beloved boyfriend I am not a fan of single malt whatsoever, in fact even the smell is usually enough to put me off. So it was with quite trepidation that I accepted a drink from the handsome young bar tender. However I was rather surprised to find the drink was delightful, the Single malt mixed with tonic and lime really took the edge off. In fact it was so palatable I even had another and another, in fact I may have lost count.
After all those drinks it was time for a cup of tea and a biscuit. And lucky there was an ample supply thanks to Dr Stuart. Nothing better than a nice cup of tea to finish the night.
A good time was had by all from what I could see and I think we did a wonderful job of celebrating in Her Majesty’s honour. So thanks again to The British Ambassador and his lovely wife for having me, happy birthday Queen Elizabeth, and congratulations to Wills and Kate on the new princess. I’m looking forward to next years event already!