A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Happy Birthday Ma'am

Welcome dear friends...to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am still slogging through transferring images to my new website, but it's going well and will be worth the effort! Spring is here, the tulips are flowering...and the pollen level is very high according to my daily reading....achoo! Let's hear it for Claritin....without it, I don't know what I'd be doing!

I hope you have your teacup at the ready....because it's time to celebrate a special birthday! 

I have chosen my teacups this week in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's actual birthday on April 21st...

I set up our usual antique Barley Twist table in the sunroom for a royal birthday tea today...as afternoon tea in the sunroom is a fixture around here...with 2 British Royal commemorative teacups honoring Queen Elizabeth II....the first is...what a surprise! 

A Shelley coronation teacup from 1953 with my favorite sepia photograph taken by the Queens then brother-in-law Anthony Armstrong-Jones who was married to Princess Margaret....

Definitely my favorite of the coronation images! The next is a 2012 English bone china cup and saucer commemorating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee that besides being in my own collection like the Shelley coronation teacup above, I have a few left available at Antiques And Teacups...It has a mature Queen Elizabeth with the national symbol flowers of the United Kingdom and a dedication from one of the newer Staffordshire potteries. Lovely workmanship though.

I am just so thrilled that there are currently small potteries carrying on in the tradition of their china manufacturing giant relatives that are no longer....

I added goodies...what's a tea party without that! Vegan Almonette cookies for me, chocolate dipped coconut macaroons for my Honey and a few vegan lemon wafers just in case...it's still pollen season, and I don't dare have chocolate...I'd have asthma immediately with the pollen overload...and I found these patriotic biscuits at Tetley tea...

April 21st is the actual birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, although it is officially celebrated in June as the weather's more predictable. The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, and I have been wondering if her new great grandchild, expected by William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would be born to share her birthday...but no news as yet.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in a photo by Marcus Adams with her mother Elizabeth, then Duchess of York...

An official coronation photograph from 1953...

My favorite photo of the christening of Prince George, son of William and Catherine, with the queen gazing at her new great grandson....photo by James Bell/Camera Press...

Andy Leipzig's portrait of Queen Elizabeth as Wonder Woman...released for her Diamond Jubilee....

And one of my favorite images of Queen Elizabeth....source unknown...

In honour of the queen's birthday, the Royal Mint has designed a new coin to replace the 1998 version by artist Jody Clark...

For more about the coin competition, click on the photo above...
A fitting birthday gift to a long reigning queen of impeccable attitude, devotion and worth. The queen will become the longest reigning monarch in September...so definitely an excuse for a party! So glad you could join me!

Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!


  1. What a lovely post to honour Queen Elizabeth. Long live the Queen!

  2. Such a great montage of photos of the Queen through the years! That is so interesting that Armstrong-Jones took that iconic photo of the Queen. I bought that Shelley teacup for my Anglophile friend for her upcoming birthday. She will love that bit of trivia.
    I feel your allergy suffering. Friday was a nightmare of sneezing. I'm exhausted from allergies. Hope this week is better.
    All the best,

  3. OMGoodness, so much fun! I am partial to the newer portrait. It is on the cup I won from you in 2012. It is hard to believe it was that long ago! This week I found a ten pence here in Wisconsin. Did I ever tell you that my Grandfather saw the Queen and her sister in a parade when he was stationed in Britain in WWII? I agree with you, the photo of her in pink is one of my favorites. I like how she looks so sweet on the outside, and is reputed to have a will of iron on the inside. No wonder the artist was tempted to turn her into Wonder Woman!

  4. Thanks for sharing all these pictures of the Queen. I have a few royalty items.

  5. Both of your cups are wonderful, Ruth, and perfect to celebrate the Queen's birthday. Thank you for sharing all the pictures and the history. Maybe the Queen would like one of my filled pastry shells? Thanks for hosting your lovely party.

  6. What fun! Happy Birthday to the Queen. I love both of your cups and your patriotic treats make my mouth water! Happy Tea Day and thanks so much for hosting.

  7. Hi Ruth: Both cups are amazing. Love all the pictures of the Queen. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Martha

  8. God Save the Queen! A glorious birthday party, indeed. As much as I love the commemorative teacups, I have to say the biscuits were what really got me excited for teatime! Almonette cookies??? Oh my! What a lovely tribute with a stunning selection of royal photos. I'm so happy to be able to participate in teatime this week. On overload with the book tour--but enjoyed an annual teatime event this weekend that required a post. Blessings!

  9. Happy birthday to the royal lady and the royal teacup collection is exquisite!
    Those biscuits are getting me hungry this early dawn.
    Thank you for the sweet party dear Ruth and may you have a lovely week.

  10. A nice tribute for the Queen's birthday, the biscuits and teacups are perfect for a party.

  11. Hi Ruth,
    What pretty collectible Queen Elizabeth teacups you have shared. Almond cookies are always yummy with a cup of tea. I love the gorgeous antique furniture in the background of the Royal Family pic and such a funny Super Woman Queen pic! Happy Tea Day and Thank you for hosting. Karen

  12. Hurrah for Her Majesty! She is a model of strength and fortitude for the citizens of her Country and the entire world. She still has a beautiful smile! Loved your post.

  13. Love the Queen; she has an indomitable spirit. Love that she dresses up and shows up every day. The commemorative teacups are wonderful, and so is that trifle! I think a celebration in September is definitely worth planning!

  14. I love the portrait of Elizabeth as Wonder Woman! That is neat! THanks for hosting!

  15. Lovely teacups and a very nice post to celebrate the Queen's birthday.


  16. Fab blog post - I love your teacups and scrummy treats!

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  17. In addition to the terrific teawares (especially that one with the sepia photograph), I loved seeing all these great ideas I am tucking away for future tea parties! The Union Jack cookies and trifle are brilliant -- and doable!

  18. Dear Ruth, I ADORE this post! How fun to see all the teacups and had to laugh at the Wonder Woman photo. The special food items are a kick. Makes me want to have a tea and pull out all my Queen goodies. Thanks for sharing.


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