The gorgeous teapot on the cover of the May/June 2013 issue of TeaTime is Queen Victoria, Herend’s hallmark china pattern. A riot of butterflies and flowers edged with a gilt rim, this Chinese-influenced design demands the skills of Herend's most talented and experienced painters to create.
The Hungarian company unveiled the china pattern in London in 1851 at the Great Exhibition, the world’s fair organized by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. Not only did the Herend exhibit win a gold medal at the fair, but the queen loved the design so much, she ordered service for 24 for use at Windsor Castle. Herend subsequently named the pattern after her.
More recently in 2011, Herend created a new version of the pattern called Royal Garden for Queen Victoria’s four times great-grandson Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton. The nation of Hungary presented a dinner service to the royal couple as a wedding gift.
Devoted readers of TeaTime may notice that this is the second time Herend's Queen Victoria has graced the cover of the magazine. It also appeared on the cover of the March/April 2011 issue.