Hats off to HRH Queen Elizabeth at The Berkeley

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To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, The Berkeley’s famously fashion-focused afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is launching a Royal Collection of cakes, biscuits and pastries with a rather unusual theme: memorable hats worn by members of the Royal Family during the Queen’s 60-year reign.

Delicacies include a praline profiterole inspired by the much-talked-about Philip Treacy fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding last year, a strawberry-and-panna-cotta macaroon shaped to imitate the Canadian maple-leaf hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on the couple’s visit to Canada, as well as the fascinator she wore to Zara Phillips’ wedding.

Queen Elizabeth II is believed to have worn more than 5,000 hats since the start of her reign, and The Berkeley’s cake tributes include a stately blueberry-flavoured cake with sugar roses and green leaves, inspired by the designs of British milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan (one of the Queen’s favourite designers); a light-pink floral hat recently worn by the Queen in Canada; and, of course, her legendary crown, worn for the Coronation in 1953, and recreated as a vanilla biscuit with sugar diamonds.

Prêt-à-Portea is served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm. The Royal Collection afternoon tea will be available from 29 May to 9 June and is priced at £39 (£49 including a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne). To book a table, call 020 7235 6000.