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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! This week is a royal theme, because on September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth becomes England's longest reigning monarch, surpassing the record of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria around 5:30 pm on September 9 after 23,226 days, 16 hours and roughly 30 minutes on the throne. Cool!

This is a Cecil Beaton official coronation photo from 1953....now on to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

My Royal tea in the sunroom in honour of HRH Queen Elizabeth with some reign landmark royal commemorative china items from Antiques And Teacups...

2 teacups and 2 mugs in her honour....the first teacup is a coronation design made by Shelley China in 1953 in the late Dorothy shape. The design is a photo by photographer Lord Snowdon, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, and is one of my favorite designs from the coronation. I think I've shared a mug with this design before.

The next royal commemorative item is a Coalport, England loving cup made for the Silver Jubilee in 1977. We were there for our usual month that year, and jubilee things were everywhere, and cheer was rampant!

The next is a Golden Jubilee mug from 2002 commemorating 50 years of reign by Royal Burlngton which is the trade name of a small pottery that has few records...I can't even find out if it is still in business...and my friends in Stoke-on-Trent who work in the potteries have never heard of it, and think the trade name was only used for the Jubilee by another pottery. We were again in England and it was festive again...

The last is a tea cup and saucer made for the Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the throne in 2013 by Heriloom China, who has only been around since 1998.

There are few planned official activities for the 9th...the Queen will be at work as usual...even on holiday in Scotland...and is opening a bridge in Edinburgh...not like the street parties and huge celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee in 2013.  There is a new book coming out about the Queens reign and I found this quote from Prince William from an article by Country Living magazine.

Country Living quote: When given the chance to write the preface for a new biography, Elizabeth II: The Steadfast, the Duke of Cambridge didn't just deliver —he honored Queen Elizabeth with a sweet yet rare public appreciation of both her reign and her role in their family, as well.
"The Queen's kindness and sense of humor, her innate sense of calm and perspective, and her love of family and home are all attributes I experience first-hand," he writes. "All of us who will inherit the legacy of my grandmother's reign and generation need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story. Speaking for myself, I am privileged to have the Queen as a model for a life of service to the public."

These are some of the commemorative china being produced for the Royal Collection for this new milestone...beautiful!

Royal Collection china

To read more about the milestone and see some great photos of the reign of Queen Elizabeth...click this link:


Thanks for joining me for a royal Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am in and out with company and sightseeing with them, but love to hear from you! I Hope you're ready for a bit of a respite as school is back in and Labor Day becomes a curve in the road to the end of the year. Amazing!! Where did the time go!

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. Such an amazing accomplishment for Queen Elizabeth! My friend is a huge Anglophile so I bought the Shelley coronation teacup in advance for her birthday. The blue china set you featured from the Royal Collection is beautiful. Happy Labor Day weekend!

  2. Your blog is just so pretty! I always love my every visit!

  3. What a collection of commemorative teacups, Ruth, and I did love reading the preface written by the Duke of Cambridge about the Queen!! Enjoy your company and thank you for hosting. Happy Labor Day!

  4. How fortunate that you were able to participate in past Jubilee celebrations!

    Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth! Long may she reign!

  5. A wonderful collection of commemorative teacups, Ruth! The Duke of Cambridge's writing about his grandmother is very touching. Long reign the Queen! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your day.


  6. What an amazing reign Queen Elizabeth has had. Her own mother lived a long life, so I'm sure Elizabeth's followers wish the same for her. William's words are a tribute to his upbringing. Great post!

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  7. HRH is a grand lady with a smart and appreciative grandson. How exciting it will be on the 9th to see her make history, makes us proud to have her for our Queen. I would imagine some new tea blends will appear to mark the occasion?

  8. Your cups are a history lesson in themselves!

  9. A wonderful collection of tea cups and a very nice post about QUEEN Elizabeth !

  10. Hi Ruth,
    What gorgeous commemorative teacups! So lovely! Thank you for always sharing such interesting information. Happy Tea Day and Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea each week! Karen

  11. What a wonderful reign she has had too. Great post! Thanks for hosting.

  12. What a wonderful lady the Queen is. I also drank a cup of tea from one of my commemorative tea cups to celebrate the such an historic day and am cross stitching a sampler to mark the day. You have some lovely teacups to choose from.

  13. What a wonderful lady the Queen is. I also drank a cup of tea from one of my commemorative tea cups to celebrate the such an historic day and am cross stitching a sampler to mark the day. You have some lovely teacups to choose from.

  14. What a lovely tribute to a most remarkable woman! I'm looking forward to lots of new books and magazines to mark this milestone …


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