Here we are at another Royal Celebration weekend. Last year it was the big wedding and this year, as if you didn’t know, it is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. That’s 60 years on the throne, the only previous monarch to achieve this was Queen Victoria. To mark the occasion I thought I would do a little digging around regarding that most traditional of Royal events the good old garden tea party.
A garden party at Buckingham Palace (and Holyrood) is a set affair, always held between 4pm and 6pm. Guests arrive at 3pm with the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family entering the garden at 4pm accompanied by the National Anthem which is not blaring out across a tannoy but played by a military band. The Royal family then mingle along set ‘lanes’ arriving eventually at the Royal Tea tent where there are further guests. The tea served is a special brew called, funnily enough, ‘Buckingham Palace Garden Party’ which you can in fact buy. The tea is a delicate blend of Earl Grey, Jasmine along with others such as Assam and Ceylon. There seems to be some conjecture as to whether this blend is Her Majesty’s favourite but I am sure it has been thoroughly vetted by her. The tea is accompanied with other refreshments. Unbelievably at a typical party over 27,000 cups of tea are downed! It is like a typical week in the studio! At 6pm the Royal family depart to a further rendition of the National Anthem.
Well, we are not invited to Buckingham Palace this weekend, but Teapot Creative wish her Majesty hearty congratulations and we are looking forward to a weekend of street parties, fancy dress and of course plenty of tea!!