If you hadn't already heard, Will and Kate are coming to Victoria this month! On Saturday, September 24 (with subsequent visits on September 27, 29 and October 1,) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting Victoria.
The Fairmont Empress' regal connection stretches back to 1919 when Edward, Prince of Wales, waltzed into the dawn in the Crystal Ballroom. With the new renovations at the Fairmont Empress, there's no better place in Victoria to experience true Royal treatment of your own. Here's five ways you can feel like a Royal on your next visit to the Fairmont Empress.
Image: Will & Kate, photographer Shaun Jeffers
1. Enjoy a Cocktail at Q Bar
Q Bar at the Empress may represent Queen and country, but this modern take on royalty is definitely feeling a bit more like Prince Harry than Queen Victoria. Debuting June 1, 2016, the restaurant transforms the former Empress Room into a modern sophisticated space while retaining the iconic architectural integrity of the room. Sip cocktails and sample the local fare while overlooking Victoria's bustling Inner Harbour.
Image: Q Bar at the Fairmont Empress
2. Relax in Style at the Lobby Lounge
If Q Bar at the Fairmont Empress represents Prince Harry, the Lobby Lounge personifies Will and Kate's sophisticated style. The former Tea Lobby has been re-imagined as a modern, dual purpose space featuring Tea at the Empress during the day and a cocktail and wine bar in the evening.
It's a perfect opportunity to get dressed up and feel like royalty as you sip your glass of wine or flute of champagne and soak in your relaxing, regal surroundings.
Image: Enjoying some bubbles in the Lobby Lounge.
2. Treat Yourself to a Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea
Royal pinkies up! To honour and celebrate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's upcoming visit to Canada, select Fairmont hotels will be launching A Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea, beginning on September 30.
Featuring the creations of former Royal Pastry Chef Darren McGrady, the new tea menu will include such beloved items as: caramel banana cake (Prince William and Harry's childhood favourite), coronation chicken mayonnaise bridge rolls (Queen Elizabeth II's sandwich of choice) and the Royal Chocolate Birthday Cake (a family recipe passed down from Royal chef to Royal chef dating back to Queen Victoria).
Did you know? The Fairmont Empress tea china was originally presented to King George V in 1914 upon the opening of the Booth factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The china was first used by The Empress in 1939 for the Royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and is still used to this day for Tea at the Empress. The pattern is now produced by William Edwards exclusively for the Fairmont Empress.
Image: Tea service in the newly-renovated Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Empress
3. Dine Like a Royal
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Q at The Empress is a must-stop restaurant if you want to dine like a Royal. The menu focuses on fresh ingredients and celebrates local producers, and the dining experience is heightened by the surrounding space, which is sophisticated and timeless like the Royals themselves.
Did you know? In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth experienced afternoon tea at the historic property, and more recently the hotel welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for a Golden Jubilee luncheon in 2002.
Image: Q at the Fairmont Empress
4. Indulge in a Cake Fit for a Royal
Make sure to try a slice of The Empress Cake, a decadent chocolate cake which showcases an extra special customized chocolate that was developed by the Fairmont Empress' Executive Pastry Chef AJ Thalakkat in France.
Image: The Empress Cake
5. Go All Out in the Royal Suite
If you're really going for Royal treatment, you can opt to live it up in the Fairmont Empress' recently completed Royal Suite. Featuring a king bedroom, living room parlour, dining room for eight, modern spa bathroom and ensuite powder room, guests of the Royal Suite also have exclusive access to all Fairmont Gold services and amenities.
Image: The Royal Suite at the Fairmont Empress