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The art of the State Banquet

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Queen Elizabeth II toasts after her speech during a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins (PA Images)

The French epicure Jean-Anthelm Brillat-Savarin, writing in the early decades of the nineteenth century, remarked, ‘Read the historians, from Herodotus down to our own day, and you will see that there has never been a great event, not even excepting conspiracies, which was not conceived, worked out, and organized over a meal.’

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