Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Anna the Duchess of Bedford: #2 of The Three Honored Ladies of Tea

Anna Marie is noted as one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting and is always credited with the "Invention of Afternoon Tea". What a lovely invention this was because seated at lower tables and comfy chairs, friends gathered to enjoy cakes, bread and butter, sandwiches and sweets along with good hot tea. This event occurred around 4:00 p.m. to comfort the empty stomach between the light noon meal and heavy late dinner. This became all the rage in the upper class society. Since women did not work and had time on their hands, making social activity a high priority was necessary.

The growing middle class was always eager to follow the social patterns of the wealthy and began to imitate Anna's Tea parties as well! Afternoon Tea was then and remains now an affordable way to entertain. Thank you Anna for this special occasion. The photo of Anna was taken from "Afternoon Tea" by Jane Pettigrew.


Angela said...

I'm speaking for my kids and myself on this one. We are always hungry for a little snack at that time of the day. Tea time was invented just for us! We drink a lot of sweet tea. I quit drinking tea hot when the kids were little because I was afraid that I would spill it on them and burn them! Looks like I need to get back into drinking it hot especially since has been really cold this Winter.

Take care,

Cottage Rose said...

I so love reading about the Ladies who brought Tea to the world so to speak. What a great story of both of them. I really enjoyed it.


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