Did your invitation get lost in the post? Was your diamond tiara on loan? Or was Buckingham Palace too much of a schlep?

Well, don’t worry. If you weren’t on the VIP guest list for the state banquet held in honour of Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia during their state visit to the UK, we’ve got it covered.

The wine and food that is – for the gowns, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

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Camel Valley Bottle Tops (Camel Valley/PA)We wonder if the guests got through this many bottles of Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut? (Camel Valley/PA)

We’ve donned our white gloves and gone behind the scenes so we can reveal what the Queen served her special royal guests. Some of the vintages are so rare they’re no longer widely available, and others are rather pricey. But we’ve found some budget-friendly (and just as delicious) alternatives, so you can drink like royalty at home.

Crystal stemware at the ready, here’s how to sip in splendour, create a beggar’s banquet or simply toast Her Majesty…

1. Bubbly to start

On the menu: Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2013, Sparkling Wine, England.

What to buy: Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2014, Sparkling Wine, England.

Camel Valley Rose Brut English Sparkling WineThe bubbly the royals drank (Camel Valley/PA)

It’s not the first time this Cornish corker has been served at a state banquet to welcome the royal procession. A delightful rosé with strawberry aromas and subtle, delicate red fruit flavours, it’s said to be a personal favourite of the Duchess of Cornwall.

Award-winning Camel Valley have moved on to the next vintage, but you can still enjoy a similar tasting profile with their Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2014 (£21.49 reduced from £28.99, Waitrose).

2. White wine with the fish course 

On the menu: Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2008, Burgundy, France.

What to buy: Louis Latour, Beaune Blanc 2015,  Burgundy, France.

Bottle of Louis Latour White BurgundyA cheaper alternative to the white the royals sipped on (Louis Latour/PA)

A grand cru Burgundy blonde from the prized Côte d’or region comes at a hefty price – somewhere in the region of £85 per bottle.

So what about a white Beaune? Geographically, it’s not far from the village of Aloxe-Corton, where Corton-Charlemagne comes from.

Cheaper but recognisable, try Louis Latour, Beaune Blanc 2015 (£22.50, Wine Direct). A special occasion chardonnay, it will pair just as well with her Majesty’s choice of poached fillet of salmon trout with fennel in a white wine velouté sauce.

3. Red wine with the main

On the menu: Bodegas Alion Ribera del Duero 2000, Spain.

What to buy: Cillar de Silos Crianza Tempranillo, Ribero del Duero, 2012, Spain.

Bottle of Ribera del Duero red wine This less-pricey red is worthy of the meaty main served at the banquet (Berry Bros and Rudd/PA)

In the red corner and artfully chosen, the trendy Ribero del Duero region is giving Rioja a run for its money, and these concentrated, perfumed wines are building a cult following.

This tempranillo temptress may not have the ageing of the 2000 that was served, but Cillar de Silos Crianza Tempranillo, Ribero del Duero (£19.50, Berry Bros and Rudd) is impressively dense and rich, and more than a match for medallion of Scottish beef, with bone marrow, truffles and madeira sauce.

4. Fortified wine for dessert

On the menu: Henriques and Henriques Bual, 15 Year Old, Madeira (and available to buy).

Bottle of Henriques and Henriques 15 YO Madeira(The Wine Society/PA)

The Queen always likes to end the meal with a port or madeira and H&H is one of the most famous names on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Medium-rich, sweet, fortified and made from the bual grape, it’s available from The Wine Society (£25, 50cl), so you can savour this little gem and crown the menu of dark chocolate and raspberry tart. Ta da!