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This is what royal wedding guests were served at the reception hosted by the Queen

The wedding cake contains a type of sponge specially made for the couple. Credit: Twitter/Kensington Palace

The 600 guests at the royal wedding were invited to a lunchtime reception, hosted by the Queen, where they enjoyed a vast selection of canapés, as well as a slice of wedding cake.

Following the ceremony at St George's Chapel, guests made their way to St George's Hall in Windsor Castle where they enjoyed foods such as Scottish langoustines, slow-roast pork Windsor pork belly, and Champagne and pistachio macaroons.

Much of the food on the menu was from the UK, while it was all sourced from royal warrant holding companies.

Some 25 chefs prepared the 7,500 items of food on offer.

Preparations for the reception began days ago. Credit: PA

Canapés at the reception include:

  • Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche
  • Grilled English asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham
  • Garden pea panna cotta with quail eggs and lemon verbena
  • Heritage tomato and basil tartare with balsamic pearls
  • Poached free range chicken bound in a lightly spiced yoghurt with roasted apricot
  • Croquette of confit Windsor lamb, roasted vegetables and shallot jam
  • Warm asparagus spears with mozzarella and sun-blush tomatoes
Some 25 chefs prepared the 7,500 items of food on offer. Credit: PA

As well as the canapés, a selection of bowl foods were on offer including:

  • Fricassee of free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks
  • Pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps
  • Ten hour slow-roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling

Meanwhile, guests with a sweet tooth enjoyed:

  • Champagne and pistachio macaroons
  • Orange crème brûlée tartlets
  • Miniature rhubarb crumble tartlets
Some of the treats available for the guests. Credit: PA

The reception also featured the cutting of the lemon elderflower wedding cake created by baker Claire Ptak and decorated with 150 fresh flowers

Ms Ptak said the cake features elderflower syrup made at the Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, while the sponge cake recipe was created specially for the couple and the entire creation was topped with 150 fresh flowers.

The guests washed the food and cake down with Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non Vintage Champagne, as well as a selection of other wines.

For those not drinking there were apple and elderflower mocktails, made with the same elderflower syrup as used in the wedding cake, and Sandringham Cox's apple juice.

At the lunchtime reception Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Prince William all gave speeches.

Following the lunchtime reception, Prince Charles will host an evening reception for 200 specially selected guests at Frogmore House where the now Duchess of Sussex will give a speech.