A jubilee brunch fit for a queen at the Ritz-Carlton

There was certainly lots of jubilation to be found at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Jubilee Brunch on Monday, 4 June.  

A capacity crowd came out to toast Her Majesty and many wore fascinators or hats, with certain members of the audience taking it one step further by donning full costumes. 

7 Restaurant had large television screens strategically placed around the room to show a recording of the previous day’s programmes featuring the flotilla down the Thames, followed by a live broadcast of the Buckingham Palace Jubilee Concert. 

Hostess Vicki Wheaton tested everyone’s royal knowledge by asking trivia questions throughout the brunch and a particularly impressive attendee correctly answered that the Queen’s first corgi, given to her on her 18th birthday, was called “Susan.” After the toasts and singalongs to such classic hits as “Downtown,” came the competitions. First was the fascinator pageant, where seven competitors vied for the prize of a Silver Rain Spa gift certificate. Next was the display of hats, and much applause greeted the ladies that had designed and made their own. It was a difficult call, but in the end the contestant who had created a very impressive crown from scratch took the prize. 

Finally it was time for the costume competition, and two members of The Beatles were up against Geri Halliwell, a decorated prince complete with homemade medals and epaulets that once graced a set of curtains, a lady covered in the Union Jack from head to toe, and a regal royal with a sash and homemade pin featuring a picture of Queen Elizabeth. Everyone was on their feet as each competitor twirled before them, and although the applause was deafening every time, in the end the regal royal lady with her dark blue gown and impressive glue gun efforts won the day and Ritz brunch for two. 

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The best costume winner was regal. – Photo: Vicki Wheaton

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The winner of the best hat wore the crown.

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A princess and her highly decorated prince.

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What would a celebration be without The Beatles? – Photo: Vicki Wheaton