Full menu for King Charles' Edinburgh Garden Party - including some forgotten classics

King Charles III and Queen Camilla  during the garden party held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
-Credit: (Image: Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

King Charles and Camilla arrived in Edinburgh on Tuesday for a series of events in Scotland, including a celebration of the 900th anniversary of the city of Edinburgh.

As is customary, the King is set to host a garden party in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. I'm sure everyone will agree every good garden party requires good food.

Outsiders may be curious as to what chefs are cooking up with the aim of impressing the King and his visitors on Tuesday, as Edinburgh Live reports from behind the scenes at Holyrood.

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While the spread looks impressive indeed, most of the options are centred around sandwiches and small bites, as opposed to your typical sausage rolls and pizza. This is a sophisticated gathering of the highest order, after all.

Included on the list of sandwiches are cucumber, mint & lemon cream cheese, free range egg mayonnaise & salad cress, and gammon ham, fresh vine tomatoes & wholegrain mustard.

Other options include carrot hummus, pickled carrot & dukkah bagel, Scottish hot smoked salmon & pea quiche, and a chicken tarragon & asparagus wrap.

The list of cakes and sweet treats on offer is also a sight to behold. Standout choices include a bergamot Victoria sponge, Scottish raspberry shortbread, coffee eclair and strawberry and rosewater cheesecake.

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The drinks menu is much smaller and may be what families are accustomed to including in their cool box before heading off to a garden party. Apple juice and Twining's garden party tea are among the potential options, with iced coffee and pear & elderflower presse rounding up the menu for the event.

Holyrood Week is shorter than in previous years as the General Election has meant the royal family has postponed any engagements "which may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign".

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On Wednesday the King and Queen will be joined by the Prince of Wales, whose Scottish title is the Duke of Rothesay, at the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral, where Camilla and Edward will be appointed to the Order of the Thistle.

Charles and Camilla will round off the trip by joining a celebration with various performers, guests and organisations at Edinburgh Castle to mark the city's 900th anniversary.