INTERNATIONAL eyes may have been focussed on a solemn religious ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London on Saturday 6 May, but the coronation of King Charles III was also celebrated in a far-flung outpost of the former British empire, Portsea.
On Monday 8 May a Coronation Party was held by Sorrento Portsea RSL, complete with palace approved Royal bunting, flags and pictures of King Charles and Queen Camilla.
On the menu, described by the chair of the RSL committee’s community engagement and marketing arm Marg McInnes as a picnic lunch, were scotch eggs, cucumber sandwiches “and of course the ever popular Coronation chicken sandwiches”.
Topping off the meal was a royal crown cake made over two months by Val Wenzel.
“Throughout the event a special playlist of royal songs was played with a singalong of favourite tunes,” McInnes said.
More than 120 people were at the coronation celebration, which raised more tha$1600 for the Sorrento Portsea RSL flood appeal.
The royal fundraiser was organised by Portsea friends, Jan Anderson, Geraldine Laycock and Wenzel.