Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Around 9:30 this morning I received a text from a co-worker at The Whitney.  A picture of a teapot and four teacups accompanied the text which read, "Happy National Tea Day!" I responded it was fitting for National Tea Day to fall on the Queen's Birthday. Tea rituals at Windsor Castle are certain to help commemorate her 95 years, while observing the mourning period for Prince Philip and COVID-19 restrictions. It's her first birthday without her beloved husband by her side in over seven decades.  Many descriptions summed up what her birthday will be like this year: subdued, low-keyed, somber, scaled-down and private, with her corgis close by.  

I decided to gather my commemorative china pieces together and photograph them for today's post.  But first I'm sharing a cute bobblehead of the Queen.

I have two teacups and a luncheon plate from the Queen's coronation in 1953

Two teacups from the Queen's Golden Jubilee 2002

Diamond Jubilee [left] 2012

The trio below is from the Historic Royal Palaces collection - Kensington Palace.  I got the teacup during my 2007 visit to London, and the luncheon plate during my 2015 visit.  Unfortunately I've never been in London when Buckingham Palace was open to the public for touring, but I've toured Kensington Palace on three different visits.

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know I've blogged about the Queen many times.  She's such a remarkable lady, and has been the subject of several presentations I've given.

I'll close this post with a few photos I took featuring a tea I gave for the ladies of my church in 2011.  It was titled, "A Royal Tea Fit for a Queen."  I wrote the Queen and told her we'd be honoring her at our tea, and to my delight she sent a letter [via one of her ladies-in-waiting] to read and display at the tea.

A sweet lady [retired minister's wife] from our church was proxy for the Queen.

A trio of readers shared snippets of the Queen's life.  She truly is the subject of global fascination.  It was an enjoyable and fun tea.

May God bless the Queen and grant her peace, comfort, health and at least as many birthdays to celebrate as her mum had [she lived to be 101].


  1. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your “Royal” collection. Very appropriate to share on this special occasion.

  2. Thank You for sharing this interesting post. Queen Elizabeth is a lovely lady. We just found out that we are distant relatives to the Queen. Needless to say we are thrilled.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  3. Your collection is beautiful. I love your birthday teapot!


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