Queen plays host to Sarkozy at state banquet
Queen Elizabeth II hosted a four-course state dinner for French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at Windsor Castle.
LONDON, March 27, 2008 - Queen Elizabeth II hosted a four-course
state dinner for French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla
Bruni-Sarkozy at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, the first day of the couple's
two-day state visit to Britain.
A total of 146 people attended the banquet at the St. George's Hall in the
castle, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of London, with the queen sitting
betwen Sarkozy and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
Facing the queen was her husband, Prince Philip, who was flanked by the
French first lady on one side and French Justice Minister Rachida Dati on the
Also attending the state dinner were British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
and his wife Sarah, as well as opposition leader David Cameron and his wife,
along with the heads of the armed forces, academics and ambassadors.
They were treated to a meal consisting of fillet of brill with mushroom and
champagne sauce, Scottish lamb with truffles and shallots, artichoke filled
with broad bean puree, cauliflower hollandaise, and carrots with tarragon.
For dessert, there was rhubarb cake with vanilla cream, and the wines on
offer were the Chassagne Montrachet 2000, the Chateau Margaux 1961, as well as a Krug 1982 champagne.