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A ‘Royal-Tea’ Watch Party!

SOMETHING BLUE: Just one of many versions of commemorative crockery of the Royal Wedding, this particular one is a charming palest blue pattern reminiscent of Victorian times. Click on the photo to take you to "Lovers of Blue and White China Antique" online shop...NOTE: THIS PHOTO KEEPS CHANGING WITH THE COMPANY'S LATEST OFFERINGS and it may no longer show the commemorative china. You may have to check it out on the site!

Welcome To You, My Lovelies!

The tea is steeping and your chair is waiting…as are people the world over, waiting with great anticipation for the majestic royal nuptials of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton on Friday, April 29th, albeit long miles and many time zones away.

Blimey! Wear your Union Jack PJs – television coverage starts outrageously early. The church ceremony begins about 6 AM Eastern Time (7:30 AM NT). You’d better check your local listings because the ringing of the church bells and all the pomp will start even earlier, about 2 AM Eastern Time (3:30 AM NT).  If you happen to have a rooster or two (I adore Rhode Island Reds), keep ’em nearby – that is, if you’re planning to watch it on live TV cause you’ll need a sure-fire wake-up call!!!  Thank goodness for the wonderful invention of digital technology; it will make the ‘Royal-Tea Watch’ a whole lot easier! 

POSTAGE STAMPS PLUS: Click on the photo to take you to Canada Posts online shop for Royal Stamps plus more...

As anyone could have predicted, the upcoming Royal Wedding Day has created a production tornado of celebratory memorabilia from tableware to clothing, to flags and wacky face masks and candle snuffers in the couple’s likeness, to travel-to-the-royal-wedding kits and Canadian postage stamps.  The stamps can be pre-ordered but you shouldn’t have any trouble purchasing as they’ve been printed in the millions and millions!   Who knew?!  Simply click on the photo above to take you directly to Canada Post’s website for some ‘Royal’ online gift shopping.

TWININGS ROYAL WEDDING TEA  Since Royal Weddings and tea are iconically British, the Master Tea Blenders at Twinings have even concocted a limited edition Royal Wedding Tea Blend! Oh, how I wish I could get my hands on a teapotful to ‘suppa cuppa’ on the BIG day… The black tin tea caddy is ‘tastefully stunning’ with an image of an elegant, young brunette bride painted on it, together with couple’s monogram, their wedding date and place of ceremony.  The tea it holds is said to be a delicate blend – quite fittingly, a sparkling amber blend of a rare white Earl Grey  with touches of bergamot and rose petals. So that it may enjoyed and appreciated to the fullest, the Tea Masters recommend it as a tea best supped on its own (in its purest form without milk). Reportedly, the white tea – said to be the most delicate of all teas – signifies Kate’s wedding gown; while the infusion of rose petals represents the happy wedding confetti.

Click on the photo to take you to Twinings UK online shop...If you can find this tea locally, please let me know!

DID YOU KNOW?  Twinings is perhaps one of the oldest English tea companies. Twinings’ founder, Thomas Twining, is said to have opened the first tea room in the early 1700’s in London.  Twinings tea shop on The Strand has been operating since that time and also houses a museum of most unusual tea items from around the world. Several members of the Twinings ‘tea family’ are said to have helped to remove the tax on tea so that everyone could afford to drink it.  Twinings has supplied tea to the Royal Family since Queen Victoria appointed Twinings a ‘Royal Warrant’ holder in 1837 (as per ehow.com/facts).

COULD YOU IMAGINE?!  Having been in the business of bliss for many years (now retired), it’s no surprise that I love a wedding (See my post The Gift of A Wedding), so I won’t want to miss the event being heralded as the wedding of the century!

It’s hard to imagine now that my hubby and I played a teeny part in Princess Anne’s visit to our fair city many moons ago.  It seems our wedding backdrops were required at our local Arts and Culture Centre to camouflage some rather unsightly vending machines that the Princess would be walking past en route to a room where she would be dining with dignitaries!!!

WEDDING BRUNCH No matter if you’re a royal watcher or not, it’s certainly wonderful to have any reason to celebrate life! Unless I can find a ‘Royal-Tea Watch’ at a tea room or Inn nearby :-), just for fun (while glued to the telly), the brunch fare at this house will be simple and light:

  • Champagne & Orange Juice
  • *”Buckingham Palace Garden Party” Black Tea – The same variety served by Her Majesty the Queen  at her Annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, available at *Britannia Teas (*Watch for an interview soon with ‘The Tea Queen’ on Water)  In the meantime, if I can track down Twinings Royal Wedding Tea that, too, will certainly be served in my most precious teapot 🙂 !
  • Mini Quiche Lorraine
  • Fresh-from-the-oven Scones with Cream and Jam
  • Cheese, Fruit and maybe even a few
  • Pink Champagne Cupcakes!!!

Don the fancy hats, hair frills – plumes, bows n’ all – and get in the spirit…Perhaps these YouTube videos of  past royal weddings just may inspire you!  Enjoy!

CHARLES AND DIANA

ANDREW AND SARAH

EDWARD AND SOPHIE

CHARLES AND CAMILLA

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  1. Eric
    2011/04/21 at 7:07 am

    Linda, you do such a great job of perfecting your posts. I imagine a tea party at your home would be just as precise. It makes me think you could have your own tea room, simply called Linda’s. They’d be lined up fron here to London, I bet! I’ll be watching next Friday. I’ve got my own collection of Royal memorabilia. It’s been dusted off and shared over the past few weeks. It’s nice to know we have something else in common. All the best…

    • 2011/05/04 at 10:48 pm

      Yes, Eric, love tea and all the ceremony that goes with it: whether it’s tea for one in the sun, picnic iced tea by the sea, New Year’s Eve fireworks tea in a thermos, by the fire or in front of the TV, or a full-fledge tea party (like the Royal-Tea Watch) – taking time out to ‘suppa a cuppa’ and just dream is a beautiful thing! Thanks again for reading! Cheers, Linda

  2. Tamara
    2011/04/21 at 10:40 am

    Linda, I LOVE your blogs!!! Re tea ~ I did a little digging…you can order direct from Twinings in the UK (total cost would be $39 CAN for one tin) but not guaranteed to get here before Friday. BUT, Belbin’s Grocery has been trying to get it and is hoping to have some before the wedding.

    • 2011/04/21 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks, Tamara, so much for your efforts and letting me know! I had contacted Belbin’s several days ago – they just emailed me today to let me know they are unable to get the Royal Wedding Tea Blend from their supplier…Isn’t it too bad and so sad?! 🙂 Maybe one day, ya never know…

    • 2011/05/04 at 10:40 pm

      Hey, Tamara! Thanks very much! I am so thrilled that you even have any time to read them, especially with two gorgeous little dolls!!! Thanks for sharing the blog, too!

  3. Carolyn Walsh
    2011/04/21 at 5:18 pm

    Oooh… pink champagne cupcakes!?! Do you have a recipe?

    • 2011/04/21 at 5:43 pm

      Indeed, I do, Carolyn! Hopefully, I’ll soon share the recipe and some pretty photos! Stay tuned, and thanks for following!

  4. Tammy Fry
    2011/04/22 at 4:34 pm

    What a nice idea…sharing all those videos to get us even more excited about the upcoming nuptials. I can’t wait to see the wedding…Thanks for the beautiful blog to visit – it’s so uplifting! Gives me hope that spring and beautiful days are just around the corner!

    Happy Easter, Dear Friends!

    Loves and Hugs,
    Tammy

  5. Tammy
    2011/04/26 at 11:42 am

    I can’t wait for you to post the “pink champagne cupcakes” recipe! I might have to try those, they sound so pretty!

    • 2011/05/05 at 8:11 pm

      They are very yummy! Perfect for any special occasion, especially pretty for a bridal shower or special summer event served with strawberry punch! I’ll do my best to get the recipe on the blog soon for you to enjoy.

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