Sunday, 28 July 2013

Princess Lily Takes Afternoon Tea

It’s a hard life, being a woolly Princess Lily, so what’s a lamb to do in order to re-charge those batteries?  Afternoon tea, of course!

The British tradition of afternoon tea began in the early 19th Century, when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford took to having a pot of tea and a light snack, privately in her boudoir, to stave off “that sinking feeling” between meals.  Over time, the Duchess would invite friends to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey, and on returning to London, the Duchess continued to invite friends to join her for “tea and a walking the fields”. 

As word spread of Anna’s afternoon tea sessions, hostesses in fashionable society soon copied the Duchess, with afternoon tea moving into Drawing Rooms, ever growing in their popularity.

Nowadays, traditional afternoon tea tends to be saved for high days and holidays, and regularly enjoyed by the thousands of tourists who want to experience a taste of true England – as well as our very own Princes Lily, of course!

Photograph Courtesy of Cheryl Turner

The terms “high tea” and “low tea” derive from the height of the tables that the tea was served on, with high tea being served at the dinner table

  • A traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz Hotel in London starts at £45.00 per person

  • 80% of office workers now claim they find out more about what's going on at work over a cup of tea than in any other way

  • Tea contains half the amount of caffeine found in coffee.

  • Every year, the town of Fish Creek in Victoria, Australia, has its very own Tea Cosy Festival!  If you would like to try your hand at making your very own Tea Cosy, follow

Photography by The Great Little Picture Company

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