What’s more inherently British than a sipping member of the Royal Family a steaming cup of tea? In this roundup of images from yesterday and today we see the Royals enjoying theirs cuppa, usually with milk and sugar. A comfort beverage that the British, it must be said, appreciate at any time of the day, and not just at five as we think: according to the site https://www.tea.co.uk they drink about 100 million cups a day!

Look at these eight pictures and get ready a nice cup of this drink with antioxidant properties that has very ancient origins (we are talking about 2500 years ago, in southern China) and to which medicinal properties were attributed (by the Chinese). Tea landed in Europe with the West India Company between 1600 and 1800, and first spread to France and Holland, but England became the main importer.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge visits The Ark Open Farm on February 12, 2020 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland

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Kate Middleton in informal outfit photographed at a meeting at Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, sipping a cup of tea. How the Duchess prefers to drink hers, which she has just completed 39 years old? Very strong (in the jargon they say builder’s tea) and with little milk.

The Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex at Birkenhead’s opening of Number 7. It is a supermarket and a community cafe that aim to sell food at moderate prices and create a community of support for the most vulnerable.

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A cup of mint tea for Meghan (who actually seems to prefer herbal teas – after all she is certainly not British). Here the Duchess, already expecting Archie, wears a flamboyant outfit (bright red long coat over purple midi dress) during a meeting with the citizens of Birkenhead, near Liverpool, in January 2019.

Diana, the Princess of Wales

Princess Diana on her trip to the Middle East in November 1986. Here she is having an Arabic breakfast with tea at Bedouin Camp in the Ath Thumamah desert area.

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Diana wears the perfect outfit for a desert breakfast during an official trip to Saudi Arabia in 1986. The princess, sitting cross-legged, wears a blue and white floral patterned tunic over slim white pants and matching ballet flats, and a pair of precious earrings with the crescent.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate and William have hot tea at the British High Commission during their trip to Singapore, Malaysia

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Another photo of Kate, very elegant at a tea party at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur during an official trip to Malaysia in 2012. Her powder blue dress doubled in white lace is signed Temperley London and the Duchess’s soft bun is embellished with romantic pearls.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh

A tea in Nauru island, in the Pacific for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1982

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Elizabeth II in white gloves and hat and her husband, Prince Philip, in full uniform in a shot on the island of Nauru, in the north-east of Australia, during an official trip. Among the tea qualities that the Queen prefers are Assam tea and the classic Earl Gray.

King George VI and the Queen Mother

King George VI and the Queen Mother have tea in Buckingham Palace’s private apartments for their Silver wedding

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Elizabeth’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (who will later become the Queen Mother) in a beautiful black and white image from 1948 taken at Buckingham Palace drinking tea on the occasion of their silver wedding celebrations.

The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, having a cup of tea when visiting the Yurt Café

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Camilla photographed in front of her cup of tea in 2019 while visiting Yurt Cafe, a social enterprise in Limehouse, London, which is part of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, a foundation with strong ties to the local community and various charities . The Yurt Cafe is committed to offering food products at controlled prices in order to make them accessible to all.

The Prince of Wales

More British than that! Prince Charles drinks a cup of tea at the Ideal Home Show 2012

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Prince Charles smiles with his lovely cup of tea in front of a cake decorated with the Union Jack and a gold crown in this shot from 2012 at the Ideal Homes Show, an annual home design event held every year in London since 1908. More British than that …

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