Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle tie the royal knot this Saturday when the pair gets married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle outside of London. The ceremony starts at noon British Summer Time, meaning 4 a.m. PDT.
Those who want to watch the pageantry, the fascinators, the celebrities, and the fashions can get up early (or stay out late) at Topgolf at the MGM Grand, which holds an early morning royal pajama and tea party. Doors open at 3 a.m. for this free event that includes a greeting from Royal guards upon arrival, tea and coffee, doughnuts from the Royal Donut Wall, finger sandwiches and more. Guests watch the wedding on the big screen. Make reservations here.
Order the Royal Love, a cocktail as glamorous as Meghan Markle with its gold mist and Limoncello whipped cream, from Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay. Empress Gin, yellow Chartreuse, lime juice, simple syrup, and Veuve Clicquot make up the cocktail.
Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay gets in on the fun with the Champs-Élysées, an elegant drink that uses Martell V.S. Cognac, yellow Chartreuse, lemon sour, and Australian bitters.
Aria’s Lobby Bar goes effervescent with the Royal Fizz. Champagne, Ciroc Peach, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup make up the drink.
Picasso at the Bellagio pints its own portrait of the royal couple with the Royal Pear Perfection made with Tanqueray No. Ten, Elation Nectar de Poire, lemon juice, and ginger ale. A Dianthus flower gives the drink an air of royalty.
If afternoon tea fits the bills, two restaurants celebrate with a royal version. Veranda at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas has a Royal Tea all month with Tealeaves brand loose leaf teas, smoked salmon sandwiches with Meyer lemon caper-cream on pumpernickel bread, cucumber, watercress and dill crème fraiche on sourdough toast, lump crab Louie on grilled multigrain bread, and chive deviled egg on brioche toast. Scones with Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and pastry chef Jean Luc’s strawberry preserves, old English fruitcake, raspberry trifle tart, vanilla shortbread cookies, and chocolate orange velvet cake round out the treats. Those who wear a fascinator hat receive a complimentary toast of Champagne in honor of this special celebration. The $35 tea runs from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the month of May. Reservations must be made in advance at 702-632-5121.
Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge celebrates the royal wedding through May 19 with a royal tea served with Golden Osetra caviar, traditional tea sandwiches, and scones for $115 per person. Then on Saturday, May 19, in addition to the royal tea, guests can attend a viewing of the wedding in the Tea Lounge. Revelers of fashion can request styling tips and magnificent hats by international Award-winning hat designer Louisa Voisine, trained by Queen Elizabeth’s milliners. Sugarfina and Tealeaves celebrate the marriage with gifts.