Text by Britt E. Stafford
Photography Courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
The tradition of afternoon tea has ties to British royalty dating to its inception in the 19th century, which is credited to Anna, Duchess of Bedford. Over the centuries, the practice of taking tea has evolved and become a part of multiple cultures around the world. And still, this time-honored custom remains a steadfast ritual for Queen Elizabeth and her family. While many would love a chance to have tea with Her Majesty, teatime enthusiasts will appreciate a cookbook published by the Royal Collection Trust.
Co-authored by the Royal Chef, Mark Flanagan, and the Royal Pastry Chef, Kathryn Cuthbertson, Royal Teas: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace—a follow-up to A Royal Cookbook—offers a glimpse of the fare the royal family and guests enjoy at teatime and official functions, such as garden parties.
“The one meal that everyone associates with the English is tea,” says publisher Jacky Colliss Harvey. “Mark and Kathryn have created versions of these authentic royal recipes and adapted them so people could cook them in their kitchens at home.” For frequent teatime hosts, this cookbook provides several recipes using both US and UK weights, measurements, and oven temperatures, allowing them to re-create fare that would be served in Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.