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Fairmont Royal York Celebrates a Month of Royal Romance in Honour of Royal Wedding

Publish Date: 19-Apr-2018

Toronto Thursday, April 19, 2018

Commemorating Its Sparkling Royal Visits, Iconic Celebrations and Romantic Moments in History

Mark the month of May: Fairmont Royal York is preparing for an entire month-long celebration of Royal Romance. Starting on April 23, the hotel invites the community to visit and count-down to the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle as the hotel introduces an extravagant lobby-level English Garden installation. In addition, Fairmont Royal York will commemorate iconic moments in its history as it celebrates the historic occasion with special offerings and fun events designed to share a royal moment with guests and fête the much-loved couple.

“For almost 90 years, Fairmont Royal York has welcomed members of the British Royal Family as cherished guests,” said Edwin Frizzell, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Fairmont Royal York. “For all of our guests, whether royalty, celebrities or simply intrepid and worldly explorers, Fairmont Royal York creates rich emotional connections and we take great pride to be the chosen place in Toronto to celebrate memorable and momentous occasions. This May, will be the official month of romance and celebration at Fairmont Royal York. We have planned an array of events, offers and surprises in honour of our hotel’s rich royal past and iconic celebratory moments. For guests looking to toast Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s monumental royal union, our hotel offers a remarkable sense of place, a feeling of being part of history and a link to something meaningful, important and enduring – everything a Royal Wedding promises.”

Blending royal pomp and ceremony with starlet glamour, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide will roll out the red carpet leading up to May 19, with a multitude of packages, luxurious events and special offers celebrating all the various aspects of this monumental royal union. Fairmont Royal York will of top merriment.

A MONTH OF ROMANCE AND CELEBRATION

  • ENGLISH GARDEN LOBBY INSTALLATION - April 23 Reveal
    We invite you to wander through our lobby-level enchanting lobby installation by Frank Rea of Forget Me Not Flowers, featuring exquisite blooms including delicate English Garden roses, lush peonies, regal delphinium and an array of other wild flowers. The upper balcony flag standards are festooned with fresh garland swags reminiscent of trumpets announcing the Royal Couple. Snap and share your whimsical moments in our garden using #RYHRoyalRomance for chance to win a regal social media surprise! 
  • ROYAL YORK CELEBRATORY FRONT STREET WINDOWS - April 23 Reveal
    Enjoy a look back at Fairmont Royal York’s iconic celebrations. 
  • HISTORIC ROYAL VISITS
    Fairmont Royal York shares timeline of the hotel’s most regal moments to date. 
  • DUKE & DUCHESS FOR A DAY STAY PACKAGE - May 18
    Spend the night in royal luxury on the eve of the Royal Wedding and wake up to the future Duke & Duchess walking down the aisle (on the telly) in the comfort of your own room.
    Package Includes:
    • Luxury accommodation in a Fairmont Luxury room category
    • In-room dining breakfast credit values at $80 CAD
    • Late check-out, subject to availability
    • Sparkling wine and Royal inspired welcome amenity
    • Limited edition Royal Romance tea cup and saucer set
    • A Friday night sneak-peek into the WedLuxe ROSES & CROWNS showroom: a modern couture fashion, floral, and cake exhibit paying homage to royal weddings from past to present.
    • Valet parking
  • ROYAL ROMANCE AFTERNOON TEA - Saturdays and Sundays April 28 to May 27
    Wedding Day, May 19, from noon to 2:45 p.m., Library Bar
  • ROYAL WEDDING VIEWING & BRITISH BREAKFAST - May 19, 6 a.m., EPIC Lounge
    Guests are invited to view the Royal Wedding on the big screen and enjoy our featured British Breakfast offerings of classic “Bubble and Squeak” or traditional Bangers and Eggs.
  • WEDLUXE SHOWROOM: ROSES AND CROWNS - May 18 and 19
    In celebration of the Royal Wedding, WedLuxe Media partners with Fairmont Royal York to create ROSES & CROWNS: a thoroughly modern couture fashion, floral, and cakes exhibit that pays homage to royal weddings from past to present.

    Located in the hotel’s lobby-level Showroom, guests can peruse contemporary vignettes inspired by British royal weddings of yesteryear annotated with fun facts and visual inspiration. WedLuxe Media will promote the collaboration on their digital and social channels @WedLuxe reaching over a million followers. Reservations are recommended via email for all food and beverage

Reservations are recommended via email for all food and beverage experiences.

ON THE BIG SCREEN
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will always have a place in Toronto’s heart; it’s the city where much of their courtship took place. Now, as she prepares for her real life wedding, Meghan might be thinking back to her acting days and a dream wedding scene with a Fairmont connection. Rachel Zane, her character in the television show Suits, had her heart set on The Plaza, a Fairmont Managed Hotel in New York for a perfect wedding. The scene was filmed at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto as a stand-in for The Plaza itself. Toronto has played host to the royal couple on several occasions, most notably during the 2017 Invictus Games where they made their first official public appearance together.

ROYAL INTRODUCTIONS
British Royalty has a long history with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; a history at the core of Fairmont’s identity, reflecting the high standards of service and luxury in which Fairmont takes pride. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother officially opened the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and toured several properties including the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip followed in their footsteps 66 years later, when they stayed at Jasper’s famed Outlook Cabin in 2005. With its long history of proud service to royalty of all natures and as a place of special occasions and celebrations, Fairmont Royal York offers its heartfelt congratulations to the royal couple and invites guests and the community to join them in celebrating this regal event. “We are the essential Toronto experience and undoubtedly, Fairmont Royal York will be the most regal, and romantic place in town!” says Frizzell. To discover Fairmont’s luxurious weddings and celebration portfolio, visit Fairmont Weddings.

#RYHRoyalRomance #FairmontWeddings
Instagram: @fairmontroyalyork

ADVANCE ON-LOCATION SEGMENT STORY IDEAS ARE WELCOME AND WILL BE SCHEDULED UPON AVAILABILTY AND FIT. MEDIA ARE ALSO INVITED TO VISIT THE HOTEL ON MAY 19 WITH ADVANCE NOTICE. MEDIA ADVISORY WITH INTERVIEW OPS/AGENDA TBA.

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ABOUT FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK
For the past 89 years, Fairmont Royal York, originally called The Royal York, has stood tall and proud, immediately opposite of Toronto’s Union Station and Canadian Pacific Railway, located at 100 Front Street West. Designed by Ross and Macdonald, and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth, soaring at 28 floors and close to 400 ft. above ground, the hotel quickly set the standard for hospitality during this time. This historic building became, and is still known as a city within a city. Upon opening, the state-of-the-art hotel offered 1,048 guest rooms equipped with a radio, private shower and bath in each room. In addition, The Royal York included a large Concert Hall, which was home to Canada’s largest pipe organ, weighing in at 50 tons with five manuals and 107 stops. The telephone switchboard was 66 feet long and required 35 operators. The 1.5 acres of public rooms also included a 12-bed hospital and a 12,000-book library. The hotel was also home to a glass-enclosed roof garden, the largest hotel kitchen in Canada with a bakery that could produce over 15,000 French rolls a day. In 2016, the hotel completed a 1,200-room $150M renovation project to now include 1,373 renovated luxury accommodations and will soon undergo a $500M investment towards transforming the hotel’s lobby, dining venues, meeting rooms and event spaces as well as Fairmont Gold – the property’s exclusive, ultra-luxury, hotel-within-a-hotel experience. The hotel was also recognized by The Toronto Film Office as “The Most Filmed Location” for 2016 – which celebrates its starlight in endless films and TV productions. It is no wonder that Fairmont Royal York Hotel continues to play such a prominent role in Toronto’s history.

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, grand experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, locally inspired cuisine and spirited bars and lounges, Fairmont promises heartfelt luxury that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 75 hotels, Fairmont takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travelers to feel welcome at more than 4,300 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.

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High-resolution photos, menu and history documents available upon request. 

To RSVP or to schedule an interview with Fairmont Royal York representatives, please contact: 

PRIMARY
Jacqueline Tyler
Fairmont Royal York
Marketing & Communications Manager
Jacqueline.Tyler@fairmont.com
416-802-5059 

SECONDARY
Megan van der Baars
Fairmont Royal York
Public Relations Coordinator
Megan.VanderBaars@fairmont.com
416-458-0412


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