The Royal Event of the Year Didn’t Involve Any Royal Family Members—and Took Place in NYC

Anyone else still toasting Her Majesty the Queen who, on the heels of her Platinum Jubilee, just surpassed another major milestone? (Yep, Queen Elizabeth II is officially the world’s second-longest reigning monarch in history.) On this week’s episode of the Royally Obsessed podcast, my co-host Roberta Fiorito and I discuss the post-Jubilee blues (FYI, they're real). But we’re also continuing to reminisce about the podcast’s very own Platinum Jubilee brunch, held at Queensyard restaurant at Hudson Yards in New York City—the true royal event of the year in my humble opinion (kidding, obviously).

Alas, no royal family members were there, but we still felt like royalty seated in the most elegant and regal-feeling private dining space—the perfect setting to reflect on Prince Louis’s balcony antics, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s return to the U.K. and Queen Elizabeth’s ultimate legacy with an intimate group of Royally Obsessed podcast listeners.

queensyard purple lady cocktail
Roberta Fiorito

We sipped Royally Obsessed cocktails (a gin-based drink with Her Majesty’s face on it), dined on classic English fare (the sticky toffee pudding was next-level), played Royally Obsessed bingo and snapped pics with Queen Elizabeth herself (OK, it was a cardboard cut-out version of her, but we felt her presence nonetheless).

royally obsessed queensyard brunch gift bag
Lauren E. L. Tilashalski

The soirée wrapped with the ideal send-off—a tote bag filled with loads of royally-inspired goodies including Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, a copy of the book Rainbow Queen by Sali Hughes, a generous gift card from Rothy’s, Elemis’s Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (complete with a limited edition Jubilee headband), a Royally Obsessed tote bag (from our brand new line of merch!) and a copy of Royal Trivia, co-written by Fiorito and myself.

royally obsessed platinum jubilee brunch
Steve Long

Who says Londoners get to have all the fun?

For more about the royals, listen to the Royally Obsessed podcast with co-hosts Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito. Subscribe now or follow us on Instagram @royallyobsessedpodcast.

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Rachel Bowie is Senior Director of Special Projects & Royals at PureWow, where she covers parenting, fashion, wellness and money in addition to overseeing initiatives within...