CROSS-DRESSING and cucumber sandwiches are the order of the day at a UK Royal Wedding street party being held outside Picasso Bar and Tapas this afternoon, Friday April 29, according to managers Dan Searle and Amanda Groves.
Searle, who moved to Siem Reap to run Picasso’s earlier this year, told 7Days the street party will see guests dress up like royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton before watching their wedding on the BBC over cucumber sandwiches and royal family-themed cocktails.
“In the UK it’s a tradition to have street parties whenever there’s a royal wedding. It’s a good excuse to get out and mix with your neighbours, and we thought that seeing as Siem Reap has a big expat community, we should hold one here.”
Cross-dressing is allowed and even encouraged, with prizes for the best and worst dressed. “Our attitude is the wackier the costume the better. I know Dan’s been trying on my dresses all week,” said Groves.
Revellers at Picasso’s will join an estimated two billion people predicted to watch the wedding around the world, with BBC coverage of the occasion starting at 3pm Cambodian time.
With over 5800 applications for street parties received by local councils in England alone ahead of today’s wedding, Groves feels the celebrations may mark a new era for the British monarchy.
“William’s the future King of England and he’s well-liked, so certainly there’s a lot of excitement about the wedding. Personally, I’d like Harry to become king because he loves a drink and a good party, although the whole country would probably go to ruin.”
With celebrations at Picasso’s stretching on from 3pm into the early morning, Groves and Searle have perfected a number of royal family-themed cocktails to give guests the energy to carry on throughout the night.
“Some of the drinks we’re serving include the ‘Prince William’ as well as the ‘Blushing Bride’, which offer an English-style twist on the traditional recipes for cocktails like the Monsoon.”
BBC coverage of the UK royal wedding will air from 3pm at Picasso’s Bar and Tapas, located along Alley West inside the Pub Street precinct.