Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Queen Victoria: #3 of The Three Honored Ladies of Tea

Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837 at the young age of 18. As the years passed she had a great influence on the expansion of tea to the common people who were anxious to follow the trends of the royal court. Since she reigned almost 64 years this is a long history of influence.

Much has been written regarding the queen's waist line which grew with her fondness for macaroons and toffee cakes. A quick search will bring up her recipe for Victoria Sponge Cake. (try http://whatscookingamerica.net/ and www.dianasdesserts.com/ As far as tea, the queen preferred Empire Tea from India. Is that a surprise since she was proclaimed the Empress of India in 1876? The magnitude of the influence Queen Victoria had can best be recognized by the term "Victorian" to denote an era representing her very name. Queen Victoria and tea go hand in hand never to be separated. In 1860 Queen Victoria began a tradition that Queen Elizabeth II still continues today. Tea is served at the private gardens at Buckingham Palace.

1 comment:

Lady Katherine said...

How lovely, great info. Love the setting! I love the tea up stands.