‘What dessert for 2022, a diverse doughnut?’ Jokes erupt in hunt for jubilee pudding

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations programme in full

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The race to create the perfect pud to honour the monarch’s 70-year reign is being launched with bakers aged eight and over invited to enter. Entrants will be sifted down to a final five whose dishes will be presented to an expert panel of judges featuring former Great British Bake Off presenter Dame Mary Berry, Masterchef judge Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace head chef Mark Flanagan.

Monday’s announcement prompted quips and wisecracks across social media with commentator Darren Grimes tweeting: “A call has gone out to create a dessert fit for HM The Queen, a ‘Platinum Pudding’, ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

“Think ‘victoria sponge’ or ‘coronation chicken’. What will we end up with I wonder in 2022? A diverse doughnut? A net-zero nougat? An NHS nut cake? The mind boggles”.

To which @IanO74820009 replied: “Eton Mess as it represents the current state of her country”.

@Richard04168561 agreed, adding: “Judging by the state of the country I would call it an Olde Etonian Mess”.

Meanwhile, @adrianpickering suggested: “A classic Queen of Pudding with a Platinum Jubilee twist Queen of Puddings”.

The Queen, 95, is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She is due to mark her Platinum Jubilee in February with the government planning four days of celebrations from June 2-5.

Mr Flanagan passed on a few tips for entrants hoping to tempt the Royal tastebuds, saying: “Keep it simple. Don’t try to include too many different flavours or textures in one dish. Think subtle and elegant rather than fussy and over complicated.”

Dame Mary said: “I hope everyone who enters has lots of fun and I wish them the very best of luck.”


Tom Athron, Chief Exec of Fortnum & Mason which is helping to run the competition, added: “We hope everyone will roll their sleeves up and get involved, from individuals, families and community groups to care homes, schools and colleges.

“We can’t wait to see all the inventive entries.”

The recipe for the winning dessert will be made available to the public with the pudding expected to be enjoyed at Big Jubilee Lunches during the extended bank holiday weekend in June.

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Other events marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne include planting more than 60,000 trees as well as lighting beacons in towns, villages and cities throughout the UK and the capitals of Commonwealth countries.

Applications are due to be made available to the public next month for tickets to a live Platinum Party and concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4.

During the long holiday weekend in June, people will be able to see the trooping the colour in her birthday parade as well as a service of thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth II, who is also the world’s oldest reigning monarch, ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, on the death of her father George VI.

In September 2015, she overtook the length of time her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria spent on the throne, remarking that the historical moment was not one to which she ever aspired.

It is hoped that the Platinum Pudding will serve as a reminder of the Queen’s reign much like coronation chicken, which was invented for Her Majesty’s coronation banquet in 1953.

Cheeky @olivercromwellg tweeted: “The [Q]ueen already has 2 puddings in Andrew & Harry, surely she doesn’t want another?”

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