Royal Wedding Events in Vancouver

With Kate and William set to tie the knot in less than a month, royal wedding fever hasn’t exactly gripped Vancouver.  In fact, depending on whom you talk to, reactions range from mild interest to complete indifference.

Nonetheless, Vancouver’s British roots do run deep.   Some 36 percent of Vancouverites trace their roots to the British Isles.  Fish-and-chips joints abound.  And, on certain stretches of West Vancouver seawall, especially from Ambleside to Dundrave, you’ll likely hear plenty of British accents as UK expats and retirees take their morning constitutionals.

With that in mind, I thought I’d try to round-up royal wedding events taking place in and around Vancouver.  There’s just one problem – I wasn’t able to find a whole lot.  So I need some help.

What are you doing for the royal wedding on April 29?  If you know of activities going on around town, please leave a comment below.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Royal wedding afternoon tea at the Fairmont  Hotel Vancouver:  If Vancouver has a “royal” hotel, it’s arguably the iconic Hotel Vancouver in the heart of downtown.  The graceful, copper-topped beauty is hosting a royal tea throughout the month of April ($36/person; 2-4:30 p.m. weekdays, noon-4:30 p.m. weekends).  On the big day of April 29, a replay of the royal wedding (which takes place at 2 a.m. local time) will be shown on big screens.  Plus, guests named Kate or William get 50 percent off.

Canadian Mint royal wedding coins: I suppose this one’s not very exciting, unless you’re into numismatics.  Two special coins are being made by the Canadian mint for the wedding.  There’s a 20-dollar silver coin with an engraving of the new couple on one side and Queen Elizabeth II on the other.  Or you can pick up a coloured 25-cent coin with a photo of William and Kate on it.  Interesting, both of these coins cost a bit more than their actual cash value: $104.95 and $25.95 respectively. 

Hop a ferry to Victoria for royal festivities: B.C.’s prim and proper capital city is hosting a slew of royal-themed events.  At the regal Fairmont Empress Hotel, there’s a special Rise and Shine with the Royals breakfast starting bright and early at 3 a.m. on April 29 ($39).  Guests can watch the wedding broadcast live in their pajamas in the hotel lobby.  Later that afternoon, partake in a special Royal Subjects Picnic and Tea out on the front lawn.  For $20, you get a commemorative teacup, scone, mini sandwiches and other dainty fare.  There’s also, confusingly, a best-dressed dog contest.   For dinner, stop by the Empress dining room for a special meal served on the Queen’s china and inspired by a royal visit back in 1939 ($150).

More ideas?  Please share your royal wedding plans by leaving a comment below.
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7 Responses to Royal Wedding Events in Vancouver

  1. Jessica

    Does anybody know where one can buy Royal Wedding memorabilia in Vancouver? When Charles and Diana married, one could buy Royal Wedding souvenirs etc at The Bay. Would love to buy my Grandmother something.

  2. Well, you may not know what’s going on at Tapestry at the O’keefe …that is unless you happen to be a Senior.
    We are having a Royal Wedding dinner complete with gold plates and tiara wearing Servers.
    At the O’keefe we are also offering an English Breakfast that can be enjoyed in the Salt Water Bistro or delivered to your suite.
    We are replaying the Royal Wedding on the big screen during the day.

  3. Jocelyn

    A group of us are attending a fund raiser for BC Childrens Hospital at “The Yale” and we are all wearing wedding dresses and tiaras. The group is then going to my house to watch the wedding live after we finish at the Yale.

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  5. So nice to see that different establishments are getting together for this wonderful celebration…if I had known the Hotel Vancouver was having a ‘do’ I would have loved to have joined in. I enjoyed being in the crowds in front of Buckingham Palace back in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee – it was most exciting & sure wish I was there today; oh well, I am there in spirit & feel such a surge of excitment from the crowds. I wish William & Kate all the best for their future!

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  7. We had such a blast at our Royal Wedding Viewing Party- sounds like there were some great options in Vancouver! Wish there had been more opportunities in our neck of the woods!