Guess Who's Coming For Dinner? Kate and Will So, how does a Canadian host a Royal couple for dinner - or overnight? First, we refer to Heritage Canada for Royal Do's and Don't's. So, if the Duke and Duchess Come for Dinner:
• "Meals should generally be limited to a maximum of three courses and not last too long." • "No more than an hour and three-quarters should be spent at dinner sitting at the table, including speeches." • "Note to the caterers: Serving a meal at which a Member of the Royal Family is the principal guest always imposes a strain on the catering system and almost invariably takes longer than hosts may expect. If the first course is cold, it should, if possible, be on the table before the guests sit down, including the head table. It is important to brief the caterers to make sure that there is no undue delay about removing plates from the lingerers when it is obvious that the timing of the meal is falling behind." • "At informal meals, Royal couples prefer to sit at opposite sides of the table, with the Royal Visitor on the right of the host and the Royal Visitor's spouse on the right of the hostess." • "A Lady-in-Waiting should be placed at a table near a female Member of the Royal Family's table, and in cases where the Royal Visitor is speaking, it is necessary for the Private Secretary to be seated not too far away so that he/she can pass on the speech at the appropriate time."And where would you host the Royals overnight in Canada? Well, they're used to castles, so why not a Canadian castle! Here are three to choose from and they're all open for public visits: • Castle Craigdarroch, Victoria, British Columbia [caption id="attachment_4699" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, British Columbia: rooms aplenty"] [/caption] The Craigdarroch Castle historic house in Victoria, British Columbia looks like a good place to host any monarch (or monarch-in-waiting), and the aristocratic Dunsmuir family were no strangers to Royal tradition. Craigdarroch was originally a twenty-eight acre estate (it's now much smaller) and the 'castle' boasts some of the finest residential stained and leaded glass in North America. • Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario: [caption id="attachment_4696" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Casa Loma, Toronto: 98 rooms to entertain your guests"] [/caption] Visitors are often surprised to learn there's a real castle in Toronto. The late financier Sir Henry Pellatt was a romantic with deep pockets and decided to build for himself a 'medieval' castle on the brow of a hill overlooking Toronto. In the end, poor Henry went bankrupt, but his legacy is rich in pomp and pageantry. There's even an underground passageway to get to the horse stables without having to go outside. Now that's luxury. And the Casa Loma gardens are magnificent. • Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, Ontario: [caption id="attachment_4702" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, Ontario: great digs, great location"] [/caption] Dundurn Castle, a historic neoclassical mansion in Hamilton, Ontario, comprises 18,000-square-foot (1,700 sq. m) and took three years and $175,000.00 to build in the early 1830s. The seventy-two room castle gained a lot of attention back in its day as it featured the "latest conveniences of gas lighting and running water." There would be plenty of room to entertain Will and Kate. What would be your accommodation-of-choice for Kate and Will?