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Is there a more quintessentially British image than the Queen enjoying a cup of tea? If you’ve ever wondered how the Queen likes her cuppa, wonder no more. A former royal butler spilt the tea on exactly how the royals drink their brews.
How does the Queen make her tea?
While Her Majesty has her butler prepare one’s perfect brew for her, you can enjoy a cup of tea fit for a queen at home by following these tips.
Grant Harrold, etiquette expert and former royal butler to Princes Charles, William and Harry revealed how the Queen takes her tea, and crucially: whether she puts the milk or the tea in first.
Mr Harrold said: “I am sure the Queen enjoys her Assam or her Earl Grey the traditional way, made with tea leaves in a teapot and poured into a fine bone china teacup.
“She will also use a strainer. It is also a myth that members of royalty use their pinky when drinking, I have never seen that happen once.”
In a YouTube video on his channel The Royal Butler, Mr Harrold explained the proper way of preparing a cup of tea.
Mr Harrold adds a teaspoon of loose leaf tea for each person, and one for the pot, to a teapot of boiling water, though he warns not to add more than four teaspoons: if you have more guests to serve, you’ll have to make multiple pots.
Place a tea strainer over the teacup and pour the tea through the strainer into the cup without over-filling the cup.
You can add a slice of lemon if you’re drinking earl grey, or add milk if you prefer.
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Mr Harrold says aristocracy traditionally put milk in after pouring the tea and explains why.
He said: “Traditionally the aristocracy would be able to afford the fine bone china, which could sustain the heat, and then the coolant of the milk could be added after.
“Whereas the downstairs staff would have the clay mugs that potentially would crack, so would put the milk in first.
“So it was very much a status thing to put the milk in after.”
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Even stirring your cup of tea is a very precise operation for the royal butler.
He said: “Remember, you’re never trying to create a storm in a teacup, because if you go round in circular motions that’s what you’re going to do.
“So a very gentle back and forward motion is more than enough.”
That’s right: you shouldn’t stir your tea in a clockwise manner, you should go back and forth as if you are ringing a bell.
Sugar should always be offered as sugar cubes, not a spoonful of sugar.
Pinch the handle of your teacup and bring it to your lips, and don’t forget: “Sip, never slurp.”
Mr Harrold also disposes of the myth that the posh way to drink a cup of tea is with your pinky finger pointing upwards.
He said: “I’m going to get rid of this myth: we never stick our pinkies up, you always keep your pinky down when you’re drinking your tea.
“If you keep your pinky up it looks as though you’re trying to test the wind direction; lovely as that might be, you don’t need to do that when you’re indoors.”
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