Just because you might be 800km from Windsor Castle this Saturday, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in British style. Expat and Swiss venues alike are hosting an array of events around Switzerland allowing you to watch the royal nuptials and toast the couple.
For a true taste of the UK celebrations, head over to Zurich’s Viadukt Market where the British Cheese Centre will be screening the ceremony accompanied by Camel Valley sparkling wine from Cornwall – which rumour has it will be the actual wine served at the wedding. The centre will also be offering Scottish craft beer, Pimm’s, scones with clotted cream and, in honour of the bride’s roots, an American menu put together by the fish shop next door.
Meanwhile, over in Gland on Lake Geneva, Jim’s British Market invites you to celebrate with a complimentary glass of bubbly, cupcakes and pies. You can also take advantage of your trip to either expat venue to pick up a copy of the latest spring issue of Time Out Switzerland magazine.
Fashion fans into the fabulous headgear sure to be on display in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel on Saturday should fasten their fascinators and visit the Park Hyatt Zurich. The hotel will be awarding a prize to the woman with the most gorgeous hat watching the ceremony in its Lobby Lounge, as well as serving a traditional British afternoon tea (prior reservation required).
If that doesn’t sound sufficiently splendid for you, Zurich’s exquisite Dolder Grand will be offering a multi-course cocktail luncheon to celebrate the occasion in its private garden salon – sure to be fit for any prince or princess.
But for a uniquely Swiss angle on the celebrations, look to Glattfelden in the canton of Zurich, where town authorities are organising a special public screening of the ceremony at a cultural centre in honour of Markle’s Swiss ancestry. Last year a US historian uncovered that the actress is, through her father, related to one Kaspar Glattfelder who left Glattfelden in 1743 and whose family settled in Philadelphia.
Perhaps not the closest of connections, but as good excuse as any for a party.