Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II...Over Tea!

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor took the throne February 6, 1952, upon the death of her father, King George VI.  To allow for a period of national mourning, she was crowned 16 months later in London's Westminster Abbey.  She celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, but June 2, 2013 marked the 60th Anniversary of her Coronation.  She was 26 years old when she took the throne.

[My Coronation Trio]

The 87-year-old Queen spent her anniversary day at her favorite residence - Windsor Castle - where she attended a private church service to celebrate the anniversary.  More than 8,200 guests attended her coronation, and as many as 27 million people watched it on TV - Britain's first major TV event.

The official commemoration will take place today, when the Queen will return to Westminster Abbey with the Royal Family for a service with 2,000 guests.  The Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver the sermon, and Prime Minister David Cameron will do a reading. The Queen and her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, are the only U.K. monarchs to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.  

[My Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Teacup]

It is said the Queen's day begins when she is woken at 7:30 a.m. by a chambermaid who brings in her tea tray.  Since tea has always been a big part of her life, I searched the Internet for tea photos to share in today's post.  

The Duke and Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth having a tea party on July 30, 1929.  

[A Marcus Adams photo - The Royal Collection]

I purchased this print of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth [Queen Mum], and Princesses Elizabeth [seated] and Margaret [standing] having tea, when I was at the National Portrait Gallery in 2007. It's called "Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor" by Sir James Gunn, 1950.

The Queen relaxes with a cuppa during a picnic on grouse moors.

[Internet Photos]

The Queen drinking tea in Kyoto, on a State Visit to Japan in 1975.

The Queen having tea in a private home in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow, Scotland  July 7, 1999.

The Queen takes a break with hospital staff during a visit to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Queen Elizabeth having tea with U.K. pensioners, November 28, 2008.

July 27, 2011

The Queen sat down to tea with couples celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary during her Diamond Jubilee tour of Britain in May 2012.

With tea in hand, the Queen inspects a decorated Indonesian sword on display from the Royal Collection during the Indonesian State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, March 2013.

The Queen sipping tea.

The Queen enjoying a cup of tea at a reception for the World Cup Winning Team at Buckingham Palace.

The last three photos are "spoofs."  The Queen's beloved corgies don't share her bed while she has her morning tea tray.

In 2012 to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne, Tetley Tea had 60 handmade,  60-cup street party tea bags made.   To launch their Diamond Jubilee tea bag, a look-alike of Her Royal Highness gives the jumbo tea bag the royal seal of approval.

In the last photo, the Queen's look-alike is using her Royal Guard's Bearskin hat as an urn with a spigot to make sure her royal brew can be topped up at all times.

Here are a couple of tidbits about the Queen and tea:
  • Darjeeling and Earl Grey are her teas of choice.
  • Afternoon Tea is her favorite meal of the day.  It's a time when she can relax in her sitting room as she boils the water in the silver Victorian kettle [which Prince Philip had converted to electric], and dips her old silver spoon into a jade tea caddy.  She makes the tea herself, and takes milk in it, poured from a silver cream jug shaped like a cow that has been in the Royal Family for generations.
  • Prince Charles was once quoted as saying, "In our family, everything stops for tea. I have never known a family so addicted to it."

God Save the Queen, and long may she reign!

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Today I'm linking to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for "Tea in the Garden."


  1. I may just have to go out and find a cow cream jug. :-) WOW, 87 and still going strong. Do you think she will as long as her mother?

  2. What a delightful lesson you have given us and I loved the "spoofs". Please come share at "Tea In The garden" as this is definitely a tea post!

  3. This was a really fun post, Phyllis. I loved seeing the Queen as well as her look-alike enjoying tea. I was wondering (till I got to the end of your post and answered my question) what her favorite teas are. You have a lot of knowledge of the Queen; are you an Anglophile? Have you traveled to Great Britain? Today it's rainy and chilly; it'd be a good day to sit and relax with a cuppa!

  4. You did a lot of research and I enjoyed seeing the photos of the Queen and her tea throughout the years.

  5. I enjoyed your post about the Queen and tea! Alot of good history!

  6. I do believe you have found all the photos there are of the Queen having tea. Such amazing photos and thoughts. I do believe it would be OK if the Queen had tea with the corgi's for real.

  7. Great collection of photos! God Save the Queen!

  8. How delightful--and the spoof photos are just wonderful!


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