In celebration of the Royal Wedding, two-time world champion pastry chef Laurent Branlard has created sugar replicas of one of Princess Diana’s royal tiaras and the 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring Prince William gave to Kate Middleton to be displayed in the lobby of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. The ring is the same one Prince Charles presented to Diana for their engagement.
The pieces, which took approximately 30 hours to design and construct, are both entirely made from sugar and are 100 percent edible. They will be on display in the Dolphin lobby for the week leading up to the Royal Wedding. The wedding itself will be broadcast live during a complimentary reception in the hotel’s lobby.
Branlard, who is the hotel’s executive pastry chef, is noted for his sugar sculptures and holds the distinction as the only two-time winner of the World Pastry Team Championship. Branlard captained Team USA to victory in 2008 after previously winning in 2002.
About the Across-the-Pond Royal Wedding Reception at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel:
What: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering those wishing to witness the royal wedding in a grand setting, but unable to make the trip to London, a chance to experience the next best thing. The hotel will be broadcasting the event live on large screens in the lobby of the Dolphin, allowing guests to gather and enjoy this once-in-a-generation moment together.
Branlard’s sculptures will be on display and guests will be able to enjoy complimentary English-style breakfast items and wedding cake as they watch the event.
When: 5:00am, April 29 Ceremony begins at 6:00am (11:00am in London)
Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Dolphin Lobby 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 32830
Who: The event is free and open to hotel guests and the public
Reservations: Stay the night and get some extra rest before the festivities start. Rates start at $199 per night. Call 1-800-227-1500 or visit www.swandolphin.com