Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Claire Ptak: I made Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding cake

The owner of Violet Bakery describes the honour, and the pressure, of the royal commission
The owner of Violet Bakery, Claire Ptak, describes the honour, and the pressure, of the royal commission, which took five chefs, five days to make. The elderflower and lemon cake was made in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace and remained a secret till the couple's big day. 

Photo: Claire Ptak Credit: BBC

Claire Ptak: Making a wedding cake for Meghan and Harry

How the owner of the Violet bakery set about making the royal wedding cake
How the owner of the Violet bakery set about making the royal wedding cake. Preparations took five chefs, five days to make, in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace. The elderflower and lemon cake remained a secret till it was revealed on the couple's wedding day. 

Photo: Claire Ptak Credit: BBC
Clare Smyth and Meghan Markle at Grenfell kitchen

Jayne McCormack

BBC News NI Political Reporter

County Antrim chef Clare Smyth, who runs a top London restaurant, visited Grenfell with Meghan Markle.

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2018…it wasn’t all Brexit

Some of the good news stories of the year from a sky-high papal wedding to a lucky raccoon
Are you finding yourself uninspired by politics or the latest economic data? You could be suffering from news fatigue. As an antidote to an end of year malaise, we have put together a reminder of the events that lit up the internet in 2018.  

These are some of the stories that captured out hearts: a love that crossed continents, an animal drama that gripped us and an example of human ingenuity that glued us to our screens. Let’s hope for more of this in 2019.

Photo: The Thai football team who were rescued after getting trapped in a cave, with Gary Pallister, former footballer with Manchester United Credit: Getty Image