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The old fashioned tradition that explains Queen Elizabeth’s peculiar tea habits

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Queen Elizabeth’s tea preferences are specific and oddly fascinating. The only thing more British than a nice cup of tea is the Queen herself.


If you’re curious about how, exactly, Her Majesty the Queen takes her tea, we have got some answers for you. And, they might even surprise you.

As it turns out, while the royals are fairly particular about their tea and the way in which it is served, they’re not tea snobs. Her Majesty’s favourite tea is actually a pretty common one. But, the etiquette of preparing and serving it is where things get quite specific.

So, what specification are we talking about here?

Well, back in 2018, The Royal UK had an interview with Grant Harrold. He is a former royal butler who served in Prince Charles’s household. Harrold revealed that the royals follow a long-standing etiquette tradition. It goes from pouring hot tea first, followed by milk. And, not the other way around.

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And teabags? Never to be seen at the palace! It’s traditional loose-leaf tea, brewed in a teapot, for Queen Elizabeth. He said: “I am sure the Queen enjoys her Assam or her Earl Grey the traditional way,. Its made with tea leaves in a teapot and poured into a fine bone china teacup”.

“She will also use a strainer. It is also a myth that the royals use their pinky when drinking. Well, I have never seen that happen once”. 

Harrold also explained a lot of things about the Queen’s tea.

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He explained the reasoning behind the seemingly arbitrary requirement of pouring tea first and then adding milk. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. And, apparently, has its roots in good old-fashioned aristocratic elitism. There’s even a very specific way to prepare a cup of tea for Queen Elizabeth.

Harrold revealed, saying: “Pour the tea into the cup, add milk to it after the tea and never before, stir back and forth. Lastly, you should always sip from the cup and never slurp”.

The monarch apparently is quite particular about what specific tea she drinks. Former royal chef, Darren McGrady told Taste of Home that her majesty drinks Twinings Earl Grey tea. Reportedly, she even travels with a stash of her favourite tea. And that’s so, she can enjoy it far from home.

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