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Saturday 21 May 2016

Celebrating the Royals

May your life always be like a teapot...overflowing to warm the soul. ~ Irish Blessing

Welcome dear friends to Tea with the Royals! This is our Victoria Day weekend and we are celebrating the first long weekend of the summer.

We are also celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday and for those of you who may not be aware, Canada is part of the British Commonwealth and therefore we have close ties to the UK and the Royal family. Queen Elizabeth is our Queen which is one of the reasons why the royals visit our country so frequently. 

Elizabeth II is, and has been since her accession in 1952, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth.


Queen Victoria, who was our reigning Queen Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, was a much beloved queen and the third Monday of every May is set aside to honour her memory. 


All the time I was ironing I was trying to think of a name for a new island Diana and I discovered up by the brook. It's the most ravishing spot, Marilla. There are two maple trees on it and the brook flows right round it. At last it struck me that it would be splendid to call it Victoria Island because we found it on the Queen's birthday. Both Diana and I are very loyal. ~ Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Victoria Day is also a day to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II whose birthday is actually on April 21. 

Elizabeth's father was George VI
George VI's father was George V, Elizabeth's grandfather.
George V's father was Edward VII, Elizabeth's great grandfather.
Edward VII's mother was Queen Victoria, Elizabeth's great great grandmother.

Also it's interesting to note that Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, is a great great grandson of Queen Victoria, making Elizabeth and Philip third cousins through this relationship. 

Prince Albert - Internet

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert married on February 10, 1849 and had nine children. Their children married into other royal families throughout Europe.

After her beloved Prince Albert died, Victoria wore the colour black for the rest of her life. That did not necessarily mean the colour was her favourite. She was in mourning for her prince.

I went on line trying to determine what Victoria's favourite colour was because I thought I would set my tea table in that colour. However most sites claimed it was black although a few said purple. 

In any case, I will use some Royal Albert china as well as Maxwell and Williams to celebrate this special occasion and it's not going to be black although black can be very elegant.

The roses were all too expensive this week so I picked up some pink carnations. I like carnations and their spicy fragrance. 

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat. - Beverly Nichols

And since I have pink flowers, my china will have to have some pink in it and what better than a little chintz. I do believe the Victorians loved the colour pink.

Maxwell and Williams is the maker of my Rose Bud teapot as well as the matching teacup. 

Royal Albert Old English Rose is also on the table because they look so pretty with the other pieces. 

Avon shape

Hampton shape

I thought this quote by Marlene Dietrich was cute:

The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently, and nothing can be done, and no move made, until "a nice cup of tea" is made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. ~ Marlene Dietrich 

I had planned to bake a cake but I ran out of time. Perhaps I will get it made later and if I do, I will do another post. 

Thank you for visiting today. It promises to be a beautiful warm sunny weekend and today we are spending it with our grandsons. So I have to run. Have a splendid long weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday for No Place Like Home.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Bernideen's Tea in the Garden
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 The Art of Home-Making Mondays
Share Your Cup
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Happy Victoria May Long weekend. Such a lovely post about the history -- I'm with Anne and Diana -- very loyal.

    Wishing you a beautiful tea party...

  2. I hope you enjoy your Victoria Day. Your china is so pretty, I love all of it but especially the Old English Roae.

  3. My son was born on Victoria's birthday which is May 24th! I love all your tea things and I love the shapes of those tea cups!

  4. Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend, Sandi! Your beautiful tea party is definitely worthy of of Queen Victoria. I especially like the lace parasol.

    Recently, I watched the 2009 movie "The Young Victoria" (Emily Blunt played the teenage Victoria) based on the early reign of Queen Victoria. The screenplay was written by Julian Fellowes who is best known for Downton Abbey!

    1. Happy Victoria Day weekend to you too, Margie! I will be watching that movie tomorrow night. Looking forward to it too as it was written by Julian Fellowes.

  5. Happy Victoria Day, Sandi! Your teacups are so pretty. There's nothing like pink roses - my favorites.

  6. Hi Sandi,
    Such beautiful teacups. I adore Royal Alberts' Old English Rose. Have a Wonderful Victoria Day Long Weekend Dear Sandi! Blessings, Karen

  7. I love the teacups, the carnations are lovely! Happy Victoria Day!

  8. Lovely Victoria Day tea post Sandi! I think Queen Victoria's colour must have been pink as all things Victorian seem to have a hint of pink... Enjoy your long weekend!

  9. Hi Sandi! Happy Victoria Day! I absolutely love your tea pot and cups!!! Gorgeous. Enjoy the wonderful weather and long weekend with your Grandson! ;)

  10. Sandi,
    What pretty post!! Happy Victoria Day to you!! Your tea cups and flowers are stunning!! Thanks so much for taking the time to always drop by!! I hope you are having a nice is raining here...again!!


  11. Hi Sandi
    What a lovely posting! Enjoy the weekend!

  12. Happy Victoria Day! Wonderful post and the table is absolutely gorgeous!
    Blessings, Candy

  13. What a beautiful post; I learned so much! I love pink, Victorians, teacups, tea. Happy Victoria Day. She liked sweets like me!

  14. Oh I love this post. Your china is so pretty! Make me smile! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. Hello, Lovely and informative post! Your china is so pretty and I laughed at the quote about not being able to do a single thing in a crisis until a cup of tea was given!
    Blessings, Roxy

  16. Hello there!
    I'm a new email follower! I just adore your blog! I can't wait to catch up on some of your older posts. :)

  17. Hi Sandi
    I hope your weather was as grand as ours - sun and warm the whole long weekend. Of course I've spent many hours outside gardening, reading and having my afternoon tea.
    I can see why you'd cut back on the hours spent preparing your blog entry summaries, it all takes time!
    Today I pinned a yummy looking Queen Elizabeth cake from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook site and I'm sure it's one you'd like too with dates inside and a brown sugar coconut topping.

  18. Dear Sandi:
    We do love those dreamy roses don't we and all your tea wares are lovely. I love chintz too. It seems extra special. I think your break is a great idea. The only way I was able to keep my party going was by going back and "stealing" them from years ago. At the end - we hardly had a thing in our house. One time I took a picture in the empty living room window and the house was almost empty. I am hoping if you are moving - you get help. Remember my idea about printing out on the computer what is in a box and where it is to be taken to: basement, kitchen, etc. Just a tip! Thanks for sharing and linking Sandi.

  19. Hi Sandi! I really enjoyed learning about the Royals, and your lovely table. The parasol is a great touch. Thanks so much for visiting me a couple of weeks ago. I haven't been around the link ups much lately so I really appreciated it. Have a great week!

  20. Hey Sandi I love the pictures. That last one and that teapot set is just absolutely beautiful. Have a great Victoria Day.

  21. Beautiful tea cups. Thank you for sharing at SYC! Jo

  22. Every week I am in awe of your teacups.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  23. Loved the history on the royal family! And your table setting was very lovely! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

  24. Happy Victoria Day Sandi. Love your new island, named appropriately. How you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. Sandi, what a sweet and lovely post. I am a fan of the monarchy too, and particularly love the history of Victoria and Albert. We've visited London several times, and the monument to Albert has to be seen to be believed. She loved him greatly, I think. I had a technological meltdown a few weeks ago and have been incommunicado, but I'm up and running again now. I hope you'll share this post at Five Star Frou-Frou this coming Friday. Love, Mimi xxx

  26. What a great post on the royals Sandi! I like that you shared how Queen Victoria connects to Elizabeth. I have always been a royal watcher. Happy Victoria Day!

  27. What a darling celebration you made in honor of a Great Lady. I would like to join you in a cup of tea in her honor, with those pretty tea cups and tea pot.


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