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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our Visit To Kensington Palace, Diana Exhibit, Orangery Afternoon Tea, Our Will & Kate Mug on BBC America

In 1998 when we were in the UK for an annual buying trip, we visited Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana from 1981 until her tragic death in 1997. Kensington Palace is a lovely palace in fabulous gardens including huge horse chestnut trees. At various times we have sheltered from rain under them or watched schoolboys picking up the mature chestnuts...or conkers as they are called....from the ground where they have fallen in the fall. My husband showed me the fine points of conker battles in the park following afternoon tea at The Orangery in the back of the palace.

The Diana exhibit was a highlight of the trip with photos by Mario Testino. I would love to add a photo here, but they are copyrighted.

Below are photos we took then as well as several from previous teas at The Orangery.

Entrance to the Royal apartments and Diana Exhibit at the side of the Palace to the right as you enter the gold gates.

Moving to the Orangery for afternoon tea.

Champagne afternoon tea

The Debutante tea which is not always on the menu


SIGNATURE  ORANGE  TEA                             
£14.85 per person                                 
An assortment of finger sandwiches,
signature orange scented scone with Cornish
clotted cream & strawberry jam. Finished
with a delectable ├ęclair and orange and
passion fruit tart. 
Served with a choice of teas or coffee.
Recommended tea - Rooibos breakfast
(Orange tea)

ENCHANTED PALACE TEA                                           
£17.95 per person

Enchanted palace chocolate ganache slice and heart
shaped raspberry shortbread, signature orange
scented scone with Cornish clotted cream & strawberry
jam and an assortment of finger sandwiches.
Served with a choice of teas or coffee.
Recommended tea – Chocolate tea

ROYAL CHAMPAGNE TEA                         
£20.45 per person  
A flute of Champagne, served with an
assortment of finger sandwiches, signature
orange scented scone with Cornish clotted
cream & strawberry jam. Finished with a
delectable ├ęclair and orange and passion fruit
tart. Served with a choice of teas or coffee.

£33.75 per person

A flute of Champagne, a selection of afternoon tea
sandwiches, freshly baked mini scones served with
Cornish clotted cream and organic preserves, a variety
of dainty afternoon tea pastries.
Served with a pot of Tregothnan tea

The reason the Tregothnan Tea is pricey and important, is that the Tregothnan tea plantation in Cornwall is the only tea producing estate in England. We visited Tregothnan on a visit to Cornwall and bought tea there. So I came home from the Orangery with some more packets of tea, as they had them for sale there. It is a delicious black tea with hints of Darjeeling. I loved it.

Lastly on our Kensington tour, the gardens at Kensington Palace. This is my favorite, the Sunken Garden with reflecting koi pool. It was so tranquil and private. We sat on benches (on the days we visited when it wasn't raining) and enjoyed the quite so colose to Kensington High Street where we have stayed several times. Kensington Palace is one of the reasons we like to stay in this area of town.

To change generations, BBC America just had a program on tonight called The Modern Monarchy: Dos and Don'ts which included a segment of William and Kate Royal Wedding collectibles...and guess what mug they featured??!! The one we have in stock at Antiques And Teacups. How cool is that??? To purchase or for more info, just click on the photos of the Prince William and Kate mug below.

I also want to thank those who have been joining me in prayer for my daughter in law Casey. They began the procedure today, but having sent a camera up her artery to confirm the size of the hole in her heart before the actual patching surgery, they found it was a bit different than expected and is located where the artery goes to her lung. So they stopped the procedure and have sent her to another cardiac specialist/surgeon who specializes in this rarer type of surgery which will be done next week. Sigh....
But Psalms 31:14-15 says"But as for me I trust in You Oh Lord....Our times are in Your hands", and Romans 8:28 "All things work together for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose."


  1. We've visited Kensington as well -- although it was when Princess Di still lived there. The exhibit is in KC and we hope to visit it soon.

  2. Oh WOW! love the virtual tour of Kensington Palace! I also love reading the information of it, I've been living here in the UK for 3 years now and i havent been to many places in the UK so this virtual tour is great!! x

  3. What a wonderful tour and tea!! I'm so excited... in a couple of weeks I'm going to the Princess Diana exhibit that is here in town!! :-)
    I'll be thinking of your daughter next week. Hugs.

  4. Best wishes to your daughter in law.
    Your pictures and menu bring back memories of having the Champagne Tea at the Orangery. It is a beautiful setting for tea. I purchased a teacup in the gift shop, which I still treasure.


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