This side of the Atlantic it is the world's worst kept secret that today officially kicks off the long awaited Diamond Jubilee celebrations honoring Queen Elizabeth II and her incredible 60 years on the throne.
The buildup for this long-awaited event has been growing steadily over the past few months, with every newspaper, magazine, high street shop, department store, supermarket and endless television adverts all showcasing the Union Jack, festive bunting, scores of summer garden party recipes and of course, the requisite array of baked goods and sweets in patriotic reds, blues and whites.
While I haven't gotten irretrievably swept away with Jubilee fever just yet, I admit it's hard not to get inspired by some of the amazing displays of mouth watering treats being showcased right now in literally every patisserie window and foodie publication in the country.
This swell of patriotism also offered the perfect excuse to roll out these fabulously light and delicious white chocolate meringues topped with a a trio of fresh berries, conveniently completing the requisite Union Jack color scheme. (Bonus! I get to enjoy a gorgeous summer treat AND feel satisfied I've done my patriotic duty. It really doesn't get better than that!)