Siam Paragon celebrates the royal wedding with historic photos, cakes, diamonds and a Rolls Royce
The British Embassy and Bangkok shopping mall Siam Paragon are mounting an exhibition of photos of Prince Harry and the lady he’s marrying on Saturday (May 19), Meghan Markle, and offering a chance to sign a best-wishes book that will be presented to the couple.
Unless you’ve been invited to the wedding at St George’s Chapel within Windsor Castle, drop by Siam Paragon to witness a photographic paean to royal romance and a history of British royal nuptials. The exhibition will be in the mall’s Hall of Fame on M Floor from May 18 through 21.
And Parc Paragon will be fitted with large video screens on Saturday carrying the wedding live from 5 to 7pm.
British Ambassador Brian John Davidson says the exhibition will “re-emphasise” the warm relationship that Thailand and Britain have enjoyed for hundreds of years, as have the two countries’ royal families.
Siam Paragon executive Chadatip Chutrakul says tourists from around the world shop at the mall, so it hosts activities and events of interest to them, and the royal wedding has global appeal.
“The exhibition will also impress visitors with the story of love it shares, and they can write a congratulatory message to Prince Harry and Meghan in a wedding blessing book that the embassy is providing, which will be presented to the couple at Kensington Palace.”
Also on view at the event will be a 1.5-metre-tall wedding cake from Harrods department store, decorated in the Wedgewood style with motifs referring to events over the course of 250 years of history.
As well, wedding cakes representing other famous British brands, such as Jo Malone, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Mini and Johnnie Walker – and Thai fashion brands with British followings such as Milin, Patinya and Vickteerut – will be on display.
“I lived in England for five years, so I feel a bond to it,” says Milin designer-owner Milin Yuvacharuskul.
“My wedding cake is inspired by fireworks, symbolising celebration. The lines modern in their styling, as is the Milin brand, and so is the royal wedding, which is veering away from tradition.
“I love the fact that the bride is a commoner who was married before. The British royal family’s acceptance of Meghan shows that they’re open-minded, which is very interesting.”
Patinya owner-designer Patinya Kiewkong also spent several years in London and marvelled at the art and culture on view all around the city. The cake she’s contributed focuses on Harry and Meghan’s unusual but sublime romance, using white, gold and pale blue to elegant, luxurious effect.
“The shape is feminine, which reflects the brand’s approach, and decorated with our signature floral garland. You see our four elements all represented – minimalist, feminine, romantic and classic.”
Visitors can drool over a Rolls Royce Phantom VII Series 1, one of a line of superb rides from a brand long favoured by British royalty. Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, and her husband Prince Philip were already riding in a Phantom IV in 1950.
The exhibition will be absolutely glowing with sample jewellery from 16 diamond shops at Siam Paragon. Le Beau, Gems Pavilion, Dermond, Bijioux de Louis, Karat, Xavier, Blue River, Sette, Rajadamri Gems, Mikimoto, Siam Tiara, Premiera-Exquisite Jewelry, Trez Jewelry, Prima Gems, ST Diamond Design, Marseille and Scintialla will show pieces inspired by romance and made for weddings. The display is collectively valued at Bt200 million.