The Royal Tradition of Afternoon Tea



At the British Court, Afternoon Tea is an essential daily ritual. 


What are the origins of the "Afternoon Tea" ? 


   This tradition originated in the Victorian era when the young Queen Victoria reigned in the United Kingdom.


    Tea drinking in England dates back to 1662. However, the real "Afternoon Tea" as a meal, was found by the Duchess of Bedford one of the Queen's Ladies of the Bedchamber.


    The Duchess was too hungry to wait for dinner - which, in 19th century, used to be served as 9:30pm in the summertime - requested a little bit of bred with butter, biscuits and cakes, to enjoy with a customary cup of Darjeeling Tea. She invited her friends to the dressing room and The Queen instantly loved the idea. The tradition of Afternoon Tea was born. 


     By late 19th century, high society ladies used to do the same thing as in the Court and Afternoon Tea became quite a social affair. By this time, it also spread to the middle class with tea prices becoming more affordable.


What is in fact "Afternoon Tea" ?


    Afternoon tea celebrates tea between 3 pm and 5 pm with an assortment of cakes, pastries, dainty sandwiches and scones with clotted cream, curb and strawberry.


  Served from elegant silver teapot into fine bone china teacups from the Royal Albert Factory.


   It is set on low tables as the ladies relaxed in confortable parlor chairs or in the garden.


Is "Afternoon Tea" still important nowadays ?


   Today, The Queen Elizabeth II, takes her afternoon tea at 4 pm. Her favorite blends are Earl Grey and Darjeeling.


 An important contribution to support the tradition, healthiness and sustainable production of teatime is offered by the Prince of Wales's brand "Duchy Originals", which promote British organic food heritage.