The Queen’s Patron’s Lunch in the Mall will be over in just one day, but a version of it will be available for visitors to marvel over at LEGOLAND Windsor until November. The resort’s model-making team have spent 650 hours to re-create the Patron’s Lunch, actually in the Mall and in front of Buckingham Palace in Miniland at the park. To do this, they used an astonishing 30,000 bricks and the party in Miniland only caters for 600 guests! All of these guests, like the real event, represent the organisations the Queen is a patron of.
Just like the real party, the Miniland version has rows and rows of tables covered with champers and hampers. All down the Mall, Union Jacks are flying and there is bunting hanging. In front of Buckingham Palace, recreated with another 35,000 bricks, guests of honour at the party are the Miniland Royal family, and keeping an eye on any crumbs that may be dropped from the tables are a couple of corgis and “Lupo”. Entertainment for all of those attending the Patron’s Lunch comes in the form of carnival performers including stilt-walkers, jugglers and acrobats.
Great care has been taken creating the Royal family, which includes Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, together with Prince Harry, and Princesses Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie. It has taken a total of 520 bricks to make the Royal family, who are approximately 10cm high.
The Queen’s crown is a reproduction of one created by Royal jewellery designer, Dinny Hall, to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee, and it is encrusted with 48 tiny real diamonds. Not to be outdone all of the Royal ladies are wearing hats designed at Miniland.
LEGOLAND Windsor resort is set in 150 acres of rolling parkland and contains models made out of an astonishing 80 million bricks. It is one of 6 resorts spread across the world and is designed to be a family theme park aimed at those with children between 5 and 12.