Queen Elizabeth II specially procured from some of the finest tea gardens in Assam and Darjeeling hills and getting them brewed in a particular manner when it came to picking her tea leaves.
It may be noted that late Queen Elizabeth II really knew her tea, with a long 70 years old tradition of enjoying a cuppa at her grand afternoon tea, which comprised Assam and Darjeeling teas. At the tender age of 25, Queen Elizabeth II was ascended to the throne in 1952, about five years after India’s independence in 1947.
Queen Elizabeth II Loved Assam And Darjeeling Tea
Queen Elizabeth II was known for her special love for Assam and Darjeeling tea.
Grant Harrold, the personal butler of Queen Elizabeth added that the late monarch always used to take out time to sit down for her afternoon tea wherever she was. She is supposed to have never missed the afternoon ritual, except for extreme situations. The queen enjoyed Assam and Darjeeling tea along with her daily brew of traditional Earl Grey.
However, Harrold refused to tell the names of the tea gardens in Assam and Darjeeling from where Buckingham Palace used to procure the tea leaves for Queen Elizabeth II.
The specific instructions to brewing her tea in the perfect manner include the step by step process- Pour the tea into the cup from a teapot, add milk to the cup after the tea and never before, stir back and forth (never use a circular motion and never touch the sides).