A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Happy Birthday Ma'am! And a Royal Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to Tuesday cuppa Tea ... and this week it's in Honour of the 90TH birthday of Queen Elizabeth II born on April 21, 1926!

I put together a small tea table in my sunroom...really the lightest room in the house here in the Pacific Northwest, which is why I always use it. My dining room is very dark....to honour Her Majesty on her birthday...

The Union Jack bunting was given to me by my sister-in-law in England in 1981 for the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, and often comes out for Royal events...and this is a special one! Below is one of the official 1953 coronation photos taken by famous photographer Cecil Beaton...

Also from 1953 and Queen Elizabeth II's coronation....

Tea will be poured from this Wedgwood blue jasper teapot with Prince Philip on the reverse...love blue jasperware!

This Shelley China teacup was also made for the coronation in 1953, and is in the Cambridge shape...love the photo, one of the best of the official ones for the coronation, taken by photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones...soon to be Princess Margaret's husband and given the title Lord Snowden....

I am also using this Heirloom, England bone china teacup made for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012....I still have only a few left at Antiques And Teacups...all the mugs are sold out...

And for tea for the party, I have a tin of  Fortnum & Mason Jubilee tea...still being made as it proved so popular when created for the Diamond Jubilee...we used to stock Fortnum & Mason teas when we had our bricks-and-mortar antiques and tea items store...so I continue to mail order it. Queen Anne, Darjeeling and Afternoon Blend  were our best selling varieties...

It's a big leaf black tea with a lovely flavor....

And...for a treat with your tea...I have cupcakes from our award winning local bakery That Takes the Cake here in Sequim...and she said she had a lot of fun decorating the cupcakes when I explained what I was looking for...

 We have pearls on the pastels...because the Queen often wears pearls...as well as a scepter, crowns, handles to make 2 of the cupcakes into teacups and the cute little hat in a color she wears often...

Definitely fit for a queen! So cute!  The table is set with some of my antique Victorian linens, but white so they are hard to see, but treasured from my English grandmother.  

I also wanted to inclue this fabulous Queen Elizabeth tea cozy, made by The Queen Of Tea Cozies for the Jubilee last year...she had some made up on her website, but when I went a month ago to try to buy one they were already sold out. She does still have digital patterns/directions available...just visit this link:

I dearly love British Royal memorabilia and have been selling it for over 30 years...and the above is just a few of the items I have on the websites...such fun!

And speaking of British Royal memorabilia and a birthday...there should be presents! So I have a Right Royal Giveaway...featuring the grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II. For more info on the giveaway and how to enter, click
The drawing will be on April 25, 2016.

So thanks for joining me for the Queen's birthday tea! I hope you have a wonderful week. I am joining the parties below, and of course the linky:

Here 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! Thanks so much for joining me for tea!


  1. Woderful tea post today. I do love those cupcakes, especially the one with the hat. TOO CUTE!! and appropriate.

  2. What a fun birthday party for the Queen, Ruth! Doesn't she still look great? The cupcakes are perfect for celebrating the big day. You have so many wonderful memorabilia for your celebration. I wish I was there to try the tea and share a cupcake. Thanks so much for hosting!

  3. Happy Birthday, Queen Elizabeth! Your post is lovely, Ruth. I love the colours she wears, particularly the aqua and turquoise. The cupcakes are too cute and the hat is so adorable! A very interesting post. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


  4. Great post, and I loved seeing all your memorabilia. The tea sounds wonderful - some day I'll have to order some - and those cupcakes are fabulous!

  5. What a fabulous collection of English treasures! Love the teapot and the teacups - but that cute little hat cupcake is simply adorable! Happy 90th Birthday to the Queen!

  6. What a lovely tribute to this so wonderful Queen, I do admire so, so much ... Happy Birthday, Queen Elizabeth !

    Thank you sweetest Ruth for hosting me today, I'm always so delighted to be here and, hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you joyous days to come,
    sending blessings and love to you


  7. This is the neatest post - I found myself grinning like the Cheshire Cat while reading it! So fun to learn things when I visit.

    Thank you very much for the linky party! Glad to be able to join you today! Hugs!

  8. Happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth I!
    Lovely post in her honor. Wonderful queen of England.
    Thank you for hosting this lovely party for us. I'm sharing not only my piggy DIY chalkboard, my plate rack with my entire red transferware tea set, lots of teas and a cake, we can say is for the Queen's birthday too!

  9. What a fun way to celebrate the Queen's entry into her 9th decade! The cupcakes are almost too cute to eat! My favourite is the one with the teal hat. I wish that I knew how to crochet so that make my own Queen tea cozy. Thank you for hosting, Ruth!

    P.S. Please let me how your Hawaiian grilled cheese turns out!

  10. The tea cozy is the cutest and the tea looks great. Doesn't the Queen look lovely for 90? I can't even imagine as I think she is pretty. Not many 90 year olds are pretty but she is! Thanks for sharing all the details as you always keep us "in the know" about these matters Ruth! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  11. Happy birthday to the Queen! Such a pretty little tea with those fancy cupcakes! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  12. What a lovely post and that cupcake with the little hat is adorable.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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