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Les Quenelles au Consommé

Chicken consommé with chicken dumplings

 

La Crême de Riz

Cream of rice soup made from veal stock, rice flour, vegetables and cream

 

Les Cotelettes d'Agneau à l'Italienne

Lamb cutlets served in a Italian sauce made from mushrooms, onion, ham and herbs

 

Les Filets de Poulets bigarrés aux Truffes

Sautéed chicken breasts garnished with sliced truffles

 

Les Anguilettes de Canetons aux Pois

Strips of duck breast cooked in white wine, onions, bacon and garden peas

 

Les Poulardes à la Jardiniere

Chickens casseroled in a veal stock with turnips, French beans and carrots

 

Le Filet de Bœuf braisé à la Gelée

Pressed filets of beef served cold wrapped in bacon and stewed in Madeira with onion and carrot

 

Les Salades à la Parisienne

A macédoine of vegetables, truffles and lobster meat tossed in mayonnaise and set in aspic jelly

 

Les Aspics de Faisans à la Belle-vue

A cold dish of pheasant breasts that have been double glazed firstly with a brown chaud-froid sauce and then with a layer of aspic.

 

Les Mayonnaises de Volaille

Chicken breasts tossed in mayonnaise with eggs and chives and served on a bed of lettuce and cucumber

 

Les Salades de Homards

Medallions of lobster meat tossed in vinaigrette

 

Les Ortolans and Les Poulets

Spit-roasted ortolans (a small yellow song bird, eaten whole, weighing just 30 grams in the wild) drizzled in a Port and seville sauce; and roast chickens

 

Les Puddings à la Diplomate

Puff-pastry tarts filled with crystallized fruits that are then glazed with apricot preserve, frosted and decorated with glacé cherries

 

Les Pois sautés au beurre & Les Epinards au velouté

Sautéed peas & Spinach cooked in a white veal stock

 

Les Gelées Mosaique

Sponge cakes filled with butter-cream that are then glazed with an apricot preserve, frosted and decorated with alternate lines of apricot and redcurrant jam

 

Les Crêmes à la D'Orleans

Sponge caked steeped in maraschino syrup and coated in a coffee cream

 

Les Gateaux Moka

Chocolate and coffee cake filled with coffee cream and toasted almonds and crystallized violets

 

Les Babas aux raisins

Cake made from leavened dough with raisins which is then steeped in rum and then decorated with glacé cherries

 

Les Meringues à la Chantilly

Meringues topped with vanilla cream

 

Les Gateaux Genoises au Chocolat

Sponge cake flavored with citrus, crystallized fruits and almonds and frosted with chocolate cream

Menu dated: 23rd July 1885

Royal Wedding Breakfast at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, hosted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria  for the wedding of her youngest daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom to His Serene Highness Prince Henry Maurice of Battenberg.

This stunning twenty course 1885 menu is from the Royal Wedding Breakfast (that took place in the afternoon) hosted by Queen Victoria for the marriage of her youngest daughter and closest confidant, Princess Beatrice.

 

The menu features one of the most prized and delectable of all game birds, roast Ortolans: a tiny yellow song bird, eaten whole, weighing no more than thirty grams in the wild.

 

The royal banquet - served under silk-marquees on the lawns of Queen Victoria’s favorite residence Osborne House on the Isle of Wight – concluded with a three-tiered wedding cake resembling the ornately designed menu cards that had been placed at each table setting. Even the orange-blossom that wraps around the lattice design on the menu-card matched the flowers in the royal bride’s hair and wedding dress.

 

On the left of the menu card are the royal shield, name and military symbols of the bridegroom, Prince Henry of Battenberg; while on the right of the menu are the royal shield, name and artistic symbols of the bride, Princess Beatrice.

The menu also features an illustration of Osborne House sitting under the personal “VRI” royal monogram of Queen Victoria as hostess of the lunch.

 

The wedding took place at one o’clock at the nearby Saint Mildred’s Church, in Whippingham, when the dapper bridegroom arrived attired in the white uniform of the Prussian Guard. Princess Beatrice, who was accompanied by no less than ten bridesmaids entered the chapel with her mother Queen Victoria on one side and her brother, the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII), on the other.

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Princess Beatrice on her wedding day in July 1885

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The wedding cake for Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenberg,  23rd July 1885.

(Above photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021)

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QUEEN VICTORIA

Following is a partial transcript from Queen Victoria's personal journal for 23rd July 1885 on the day of the Royal Wedding of her daughter Princess Beatrice to Prince Henry of Battenberg. [Brackets] have been added by the author of this webpage:
Osborne House
23rd July 1885

“Darling Beatrice's wedding day. Slept soundly, but awoke early, and could hardly realise the event that was going to take place. The day splendid, a very hot sun, but a pleasant air. - Breakfasted alone with Beatrice under the trees... 

 

[After the wedding...]

 

... We went to luncheon in the tent, Liko [the family name of the Bridegroom, Prince Henry] and Beatrice walking first, and I, following with Princess Alexandra and Bertie [the Prince of Wales], with Princess Battenberg.

 

Liko sat on my other side. Two bands played during the luncheon, then 10 pipers of the Sutherland and Argyll Highlanders, marched twice around the table, playing splendidly together.

 

At dessert, I proposed the health of the Bride and Bridegroom, wishing them every possible happiness.

 

The band played a few bars of the Wedding March, and then Bertie proposed my health. Luncheon over, all the Royalties were photographed on the Terrace, for the picture of the wedding...”


Queen  Victoria

 
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Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenberg on their wedding day

(Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021)

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Inside the tent erected on the lawns of Osborne is the table laid for the wedding breakfast for Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenberg

(Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021)

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