2nd February 1901
Royal Luncheon at Windsor Castle hosted by His Majesty King Edward VII for guests attending the funeral of Her Late Majesty, Queen Victoria.
This Windsor Castle menu reveals what can truly lay claim to being the last ever meal of the Victorian era.
At the end of Queen Victoria’s funeral service on the 2nd February 1901, the new King Edward VII hosted this royal luncheon at Windsor Castle. Fittingly, the royal menu-cards used on this day, were those designed for Queen Victoria’s own meals when she was residing at Windsor Castle.
It had been a sombre day for the new King who had spent the morning on horseback riding behind the coffin of his mother, the late Queen Victoria, as the funeral procession wound its way through the streets of London.
Following the procession, the coffin was then placed upon the funeral train as Her Late Majesty commenced her final journey to St. George’s Royal Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Following the service, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra hosted this buffet luncheon in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle. Amongst the guests dining was the German Emperor (a grandson of Queen Victoria); the Kings of the Hellenes and Portugal; Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary; Grand Duke Michael of Russia; and the Crown Princes of Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Romania, Norway and Siam.
Game consommé favoured with Piedmont white truffles was served ahead of the buffet. "Game soup", recalled one of Queen Victoria's royal cooks, Gabriel Tschumi, was "flavoured with sherry".
The remainder of the menu offered guests an array of dishes including boned and stuffed roast quails, lamb cutlets topped with medallions of foie-gras and truffles, pheasant terrine and desserts including redcurrant pastries and savarins swimming in a kirsch syrup.
From the private Royal Menu Collection of © Jake Smith
Queen Victoria's funeral procession on 2nd February 1901
Consommé à la Doria
Game consommé topped with white truffles (from Piedmont); and garnished with game quenelles
Côtelettes d’Agneau à la Rossini
Lamb cutlets topped with sautéed medallions of foie-gras and truffles
Roast quails stuffed with foie-gras
Pommes-de-terre à l’Indienne
Roast potatoes dressed in a lightly spiced sauce
Céleri à la Moëlle
Celery baked with beef marrow and topped with a cheese and breadcrumb crust
Quenelles d’Epinards à l’Anita
Crumbed and fried spinach quenelles
Aloyau de Bœuf
Mayonnaise de Homard
Lobster medallions re-arranged back in the shell and dressed with a mayonnaise sauce
Poulards, Jambon, Langue
Cold roast poulards (spayed hens), Ham, Pressed Ox Tongue
Terrine de Faisan
Gâteau de Riz à l’Ananas
Moulds of creamed rice with a filling of pineapple pieces poached in syrup
Savarin au Kirsch et Vanille
Savarin cake steeped in kirsch syrup and topped with vanilla cream
Gelée à la Polonaise
Puff pastries filled redcurrant jelly.