It’s finally here! The rare Royal Wedding. Friday, April 29, Prince William and Kate will exchange wedding vows before the whole world. Some odd formalities, plenty of fancy hats, and a vast spectacle awaits. And that’s just here in the Twin Cities.

You may have noticed that Merlins Rest has even made the news. We’re taking the opportunity of this wedding to OPEN AT 8:00 AM on Friday. We’ll show the wedding coverage from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will be doing High Tea at high noon with tea service and finger sandwiches, scones with devon clotted cream (for example), cake and prizes. You are encouraged to wear your fanciest hat!

And we’ve even got a menu for you to salivate over (PDF)

It’s classic fare, and you’re even welcome to pair it with a Guinness. Enjoy Cucumber and Butter, Egg and Watercress, Salmon Salad, Ham and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jam…etc. Just look at the menu. And take time out. And enjoy it out.

(Pssst: There may even be quizzes to help commemorate the occasion. Quizzes will be throughout the day.)