Today, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday. In honor of her birthday, I’m posting Lady B.’s “Queen for a day” tea from last year!
Lady B. surprised us all when she announced that she did not want any assistance with her upcoming tea for the Victorian Tea Society. She said she wanted to pamper us and make us all feel like a “Queen for a day!” Wow! Talk about Royal Treatment!
Queen B.’s royal invitation instructed guests to “wear tiaras and bring (their) best manners.” My favorite queen of all time is, of course, Queen Elizabeth I (isn’t she everyone’s favorite?!?). I once went through a phase where I went crazy over everything Elizabeth I, especially books and movies. I decided to pay tribute to Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, the epic poem dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I, by dressing up in a Renaissance costume, complete with a garland of eucalyptus, peacock feathers, and green foliage for my hair. I planned to arrive to Queen B.’s as the Faerie Queene!
The road to Queen B.’s was strewn with rose petals and a Fairy Crossing! My heart danced a little jig and I knew then I was in for a special treat. Queen B. sure knows how to make a Queene feel at home! 🙂
After the Fairy Crossing, the queens were invited to sit on this welcoming bench as their arrivals were announced. Notice all the crowning touches from the pillow to the accents, the curtains, and the bench cover!
Once inside the palace, we admired this enchanting table in the foyer while Queen B. made an unexpected grand entrance from the staircase!
Before Royal Tea was served, Queen B. instructed us on how to be queenly with “Her Royal Highness Lessons, course 101.”
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After we successfully completed the course, we made a Coronation Toast to Queen B. to initiate the Royal Tea.
Double Chocolate Scones
Yield: 12 scones
After the scones course, we assembled outside to have dessert in Queen B.’s gazebo.
To Her Royal Highness, Queen B.
I rarely venture out of my kingdom so imagine my delight and appreciation for the great efforts you made to make me feel at home with reminders of my beloved Faerie Land. I was equally enchanted by your resplendent palace, scrumptious royal tea, and the company of charming visiting queens from other faraway lands. Thank you Queen B. for the royal treatment and unforgettable afternoon. I hope you will visit me in my kingdom someday.
Your humble servant,
The Faerie Queene
“It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.”
–Queen Elizabeth II
Happy birthday to The Queen!