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When Tamil Nadu threw a banquet in honor of the queen

Among the guests at the grand banquet were former President R. Ventakaraman, Governor Fatima Biwi, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Mayor MK Stalin and TMC leader GK Moopanar.

Among the guests at the grand banquet were former President R. Ventakaraman, Governor Fatima Biwi, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Mayor MK Stalin and TMC leader GK Moopanar.

When Queen Elizabeth II visited Chennai in October 1997, she had a busy itinerary that included visits to the silk weavers of Kancheepuram, the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial and the Cheshire Home.

The first event was the Governor’s Supper which was held at the Crown Coromandel, where she and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stayed with their entourage.

Of. Natarajan, who was then the hotel’s executive chef and retired as the corporate chef of the Taj Group, recalls how the menu was approved by Buckingham Palace 3-4 months ago, and he continued to practice. “The state banquet is a very important meal, and a lot of planning has gone into it. It was a plated meal and had over 200 guests, all to be served at the same time. We brought in additional cooks, stewardes and waiters so that no guests could be made to wait. They had no soup, but an appetizer was served that day,” he recalled.

Chef Nutt, as he is known in the industry, recalls how he imported a range of ingredients from the Netherlands including cherries, blueberries, zucchini, cheese, fresh asparagus and red and yellow peppers. “The first item was asparagus. Then we couldn’t find any of these ingredients here. Later, when we served them breakfast and dinner in their suite, we couldn’t cook in the pantry due to security protocols. So, We cooked in the main kitchen and turned off the lifts so that they would stop only on the seventh floor. Later, I had the opportunity to meet Her Majesty and the Prince in their suite and they appreciated the food very much,” he said.

The hotel had made a lot of preparations for the queen who stayed there for three days. “On the first day, she reached the hotel around 8.30 pm, and though it was after a long journey, she did not hurry and entered the hotel, but expressed her happiness at being welcomed into the city,” recalled wife Sujaya Menon. did. Shankar Menon, who was the Group’s Vice President (South). Dressed in a Kanchivaram silk sari, Ms Menon also welcomed the queen with a namaste instead of courtesy.

The Presidential Suite and the Second Suite where Prince Philip stayed were completely designed by the very famous designer Elizabeth Kerkar. “He finished the work already at 1 pm. The Queen personally told us how much she enjoyed her suit, which was crafted in royal blue with Italian Crema Marfil marble.

Among the guests at the grand banquet were former President R. Ventakaraman, Governor Fatima Biwi, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Mayor MK Stalin and TMC leader GK Moopanar, explained the hotel sources, who were saddened by the demise of Rani.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of the Queen. It was an honor to host and hospitalize her at the Taj Coromandel in 1997,” said an official. For many, the Queen’s passing brought sad and happy memories What they are sharing to ease the pain.

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