Arrivals & Departures An afternoon tea that's fit for royalty

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Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is celebrating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Canada with some tasty regal treats. 

Ever wondered what the Queen’s favourite biscuit is? Or Prince William’s cake of choice? Taste both when enjoying afternoon tea at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, as the company celebrates the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Canada.

Kate and William touched down in Canada with their children Princess Charlotte and Prince George for a week-long visit on September 24, and Fairmont's Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea series will be available throughout October and November at five of its Canadian properties.

The has been designed by Darren McGrady, who trained at London's The Savoy before working as personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and princes William and Harry for 15 years.

Featuring nods to both traditional British and French cuisine, the afternoon tea includes classics such as potted shrimp with warm Melba toast, a rich caramel banana cake, coronation chicken mayonnaise bridge rolls and scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve.

And the Queen’s favourite? Jam pennies, which were reportedly loved by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret as young children, along with the chocolate biscuit cake, which was chosen by Prince William as his groom’s cake at the couple's 2011 wedding.

The menu will also include smoked Scottish salmon gravadlax, sage Derby cheese with tomato, roast beef with golden beetroot and horseradish creme fraiche, vanilla bean shortbread, raspberry tartlets with lemon cheese, Earl Grey fruitcake, Battenberg cake and chocolate birthday cake.

For an additional royal touch, guests can enjoy a glass of champagne by Veuve Clicquot, which has a royal warrant to supply the Queen's household.

The Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea will be available at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, the Fairmont Banff Springs, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa and the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Prices start from $CA45 ($45) per person.

For more information see fairmont.com.

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