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.