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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Queen Elizabeth II Ascension Anniversary Tea, Pear Ginger Drop Scones

Hello and welcome To Tuesday Cuppa Tea.  My tea time this week celebrates the anniversary tomorrow, February 6, 1952, of the day the Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne.

Everyone thinks about the coronation on June 2nd, 1953, but Elizabeth had officially been Queen since the death of her father King George VI sine the previous February 6th.

Elizabeth and her husband Philip had been on a diplomatic trip to Africa in place of King Geroge VI who had been recovering from a bought of pneumonia.  The king saw his daughter off at the airport on a cold February day without a hat which scandalized many including our English families at the time.

George VI and Elizabeth, the parents of Queen Elizabeth II,  had been on the throne since 1937 and done a stellar job through the second World War.

This is a teacup made by Sutherland, England for the coronation in 1937.

Philip had to break it to Elizabeth in Kenya that her father had died and that she was now queen. They immediately returned to England.  The photo below is from The Times UK, and is from her journey to London from the airport.

The official coronation, which needless to say takes a bit of organizing, followed the next year in 1953.

The photo above I have used is an offical coronation portrait by Cecil Beaton, and the one of the Shelley China coronation teacup below is the more informal one by Anthony Armstrong-Jones who later married Elizabeth's younger sister Princess Margaret...

This is an original programme for the coronation from 1953, that was made for the Canadian market...note the price is $1 rather the shillings and pence the UK ones cost.

And every tea needs a teapot, so I have a wonderful Arthur Wood fancy one that I love. It holds lots of tea, so there is plenty!

And we have some Champagne Strawberry jam to celebrate the ascension from a favorite maker from Cornwall, Thursday Cottage. We discovered them in Cornwal 25 years ago and imported and stocked them when we had our bricks-and-mortar antiques and tea items stoes. They quality is wonderful! I happened to find this at an online British foods purveyor and got in with our Christmas goodies order we do each year...

And I found a jar of clotted cream locally so this will really be a cream tea!

And for the tea...we are having Jubilee Tea from Fortnum & Mason that I mail order every so often. It was originally created for the Diamond Jubilee. I love it! We used to stock Fortnum & Mason teas in our shop as well.

And... we must have atreat for tea too!  The scones  are Oatmeal Pear Ginger Scones from a very old Victoria magazine issue. I unforunately can't tell you which one, because when I found a duplicate old issue I cannabalized them for recipes for my subject files...you know, when you actually cut out recipes and saved them...I still use them, but I didn't always note done what issue, and didn't on this one...

I used a lonesome Shelley coronation saucer I have in my spares stack as a plate....So...January 6, 2017 marks the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee...the first English monarch to reach that jubilee... Cogratulations Ma'am! This is an official Sapphire Jubilee portrait just released...

The recipe:  
Oatmeal-Pear Scones

1 cup all purpose flour (I used 1/3 whole wheat pastry flour)
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ginger ( I chopped very fine 2 tsp candied ginger instead)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbs butter chilled cut in pieces
3/4 cup plain yogurt (I used vanilla coconut milk yogurt)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup unpeeled finely chopped fresh pear

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

In a large bowl (I used a food processor) combine flour, oats sugar baking powder, ginger, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Cut in or add butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl combine yogurt, egg and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients. until moistened. Gently stir in pear bits.

Place dough, 1/4 cup at a time, 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

I thought you might also a link to Tea Time magazine's recipe for the Chocolate Biscuit Cake that is a staple of Buckingham Palace and always a favorite of Queen Elizabeth.  It also frequently appeared at the Sunday private afternoon teas she shared weekly at Windsor Cadtle with her grandson Prince William when he was at school at Eton. William likes it so well it was the Groom's cake at his wedding to Catherine in 2011.

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

I hope you enjoyed your tea with me. It has been back and forth to the detitst with some nerve damage issues from my crown last week...let's hear it for ibuprofen! So if I haven't gotten to you to visit and thank you for your cisit or comment, I do apologize, and wish things were different! Off to the dentist again on Tuesday...ah well, such is life!

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Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  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 I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!


  1. Good morning, Ruth! What a beautiful tea you've prepared to celebrate the anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. I wish I could join you for a cup of tea and a scone. Thanks so much for hosting your lovely party!

  2. Good morning Ruth,
    What a delightful and informative post! The teapot is a handsome one; love the shape! And that Chocolate Biscuit cake looks scrumptious as do your scones. Wonderful teacups too! Your Jubilee tea sounds lovely and the tin is very pretty. Our Queen is admired all over the world. Thank you for sharing this with us. I hope all those trips to the dentist will get you fixed up quickly. I know it's no fun being in pain all the time. Feel better soon, my friend.


  3. Dear Ruth:
    What great photos with information. I love all the background you give with historical information! Love the cup and saucer too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. What an absolutely delightful tribute to the Queen! Celebrating her sapphire jubilee is simply amazing... and you have honoured her well with your photos and history. The beautiful teapot you shared is one I also have... time to brew a pot of tea in celebration!

  5. Your tea is the perfect way to celebrate the Queen's historic sapphire jubilee. I'm drooling over the chocolate biscuit cake. Yum! Our local library had a 2-day exclusive exhibit of Royal Memorabilia, but I didn't get chance to attend. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  6. You have the best post informing us on the Royal Family. Thanks for hosting!

  7. What a delightful and perfectly British post in honor of an amazing woman! You have such a wonderful tea service collection. I just watched a documentary on the queen celebrating her 90th- what a fascinating life!
    ps I linked up a Parisian hot chocolate recipe for Tuesday cuppa- let me know if that's ok

  8. This is a lovely post about the UK's exceptional Queen.

  9. Dear Ruth:
    Thanks for catching my kerfuffle - I'm capable of lots of those lately!

  10. I always enjoy your posts, with all the wonderful information you share. The Queen is a stalwart. I admire her, and am enjoying The Crown, although I've only just watched a few episodes. I've bookmarked that chocolate biscuit cake; it looks delicious.
    I do hope you can get some relief from your dental pain. xo Deborah

  11. Thanks for sharing your royal tea and all the photos and information on Queen Elizabeth.

  12. I love that I knew a lot of these facts because of the 'Crown'! Before watching that I knew very little. I enjoyed it so much. The scones sound delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. Ruth, What a wonderful post for a great Queen. What an amazing life she has led to reach such a milestone. I always love blue and white so the teapot was a treat. I hope the dental stuff gets sorted out. Thanks. Sylvia D.

  14. Who knew that HRH Queen Elizabeth would have such a long reign, but she has been the perfect queen, hasn't she? The scones sound delicious and I'd love to have a go at making the favoured biscuit cake.


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