Royal retreat of Windsor prepares to party for Harry, Meghan

A party atmosphere is developing in the English city of Windsor, with tens of thousands of visitors expected in the city on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day. (AP)
Updated 11 May 2018

Royal retreat of Windsor prepares to party for Harry, Meghan

  • Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married in Windsor next week.
  • Tens of thousands of visitors are expected on the couple’s wedding day on May 19.

WINDSOR: A party atmosphere is already developing in the English town of Windsor, where Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married next week.
The town, long known for the magnificent Windsor Castle that dominates the skyline, has been prettied up for the big event, with tens of thousands of visitors expected on the couple’s wedding day on May 19.
Fevered preparations are underway. Many roads have been repaved, street signs are being repainted, storefronts decked out with life-size cutouts of Harry and Markle, and shoppers are being lured by all kinds of souvenirs, including tattoos with a royal wedding theme.


Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2019

Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane at King Khalid International Airport by Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

And what did the leader of Russia enjoy while in Saudi Arabia? We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon.

We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon. (Arab News)

To start things off, diners enjoyed a variety of hot and cold appetizers, which were followed up with a choice of three main courses.

Guests were invited to choose between smoked salmon with asparagus and balsamic sauce, chicken breasts stuffed with a creamy concoction of saffron, turmeric and vegetables and deliciously soft wagyu beef served with purple carrots, orange fruit sauce and a delicate garnish of mountain flowers.

And that wasn’t all — to show off the best Saudi Arabia has to offer, President Putin was also treated to a selection of traditional Saudi dishes, which guests could sample at their leisure.

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane. (Arab News) 

Sweet-toothed diners then had their moment of glory as the dessert course was served up.

Chocolate mousse with fresh mangos and mango coulis was served alongside a tarte cranberry ice cream — a fun twist on the usual pairing of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

And for those who wanted a healthier alternative, a variety of fresh fruits were offered to guests.