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Secrets of royal banquets revealed in Buckingham Palace display

By Tony Jones

Published 24/07/2015

All aspects of the great occasion from laying the enormous horse-shoe table to preparing the wines and inviting guests are chronicled in the exhibition A Royal Welcome
All aspects of the great occasion from laying the enormous horse-shoe table to preparing the wines and inviting guests are chronicled in the exhibition A Royal Welcome
Curator Anna Reynolds adjusts a dress worn by the Queen as part of the annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace

The secrets of staging a lavish Buckingham Palace State banquet are laid bare in a new summer exhibition.

Visitors to the Queen's official London home will get a glimpse of the work needed to transform the palace's ballroom into a breathtaking venue for hosting presidents and prime ministers.

All aspects of the great occasion from laying the enormous horse-shoe table to preparing the wines and inviting guests are chronicled in the exhibition A Royal Welcome. It takes the team three days to lay the table with just 46cm allocated for each of the 170 dinner guests. During state visits gifts are exchanged between the Queen and her guest and one present on display is a Mexican tree of life sculpture presented by the nation's president Enrique Pena Nieto earlier this year.

Dresses worn by the Queen at garden parties will also be on display.

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