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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Eat like a royal on a trip to London with a visit to Fortnum & Mason

2nd March 2012

This week saw the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall make their first joint official visit when they enjoyed a tour of one of London's most famous department stores - Fortnum & Mason.

The event highlighted the royal links of Fortnum's, which has been an institution in the capital for centuries and a popular place to visit for those staying at luxury suites in London.

Famed for its luxury hampers, extensive food hall and quintessentially British tea room, Fortnum & Mason has held a number of royal warrants since being founded in 1707, including being appointed grocers to HRH the Prince of Wales in 1863 and the official Purveyors of Oilery to HM the Queen in 1887.

On Thursday (March 1st), Camilla, Catherine and the Queen were given a tour of the food hall while Her Majesty unveiled a plaque to commemorate the regeneration of the Piccadilly area where the store is situated.

According to the BBC, they browsed numerous luxurious good before each was presented with a Fortnum's hamper, containing delicacies including champagne truffles - and dog biscuits.

The Queen chatted to a number of the store's employees, including 86-year-old Joan Goff, who worked at Fortnum's as a teenager during the Second World War, a period in which the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, also visited the store.

"She didn't come very often but I did see her in the shop once or twice," she told the news provider.

"Today I told her that I had been here when I was 14 and she said, 'how marvellous'."

The royal guests also met military personnel involved in the Gifts for Troops scheme, which sends packages to soldiers serving in Afghanistan, during their visit.

Fortnum and Mason is also home to several restaurants, which are available for private hire and could be perfect locations for those looking for event venues in London.


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