A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea A Week Of English Things

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Lots of things going on with a British accent this week...as you may remember from my post last week, Friday, April 21st, 2017 was Queen Elizabeth's 91st birthday. You can read that HERE if you missed it... The photo below was taken for the Diamond Jubilee by the Press Association...Lovely photo...with the next two in line for the throne...Prince Charles and Prince William.

April 23rd is St. George's Day, and St. George is the symbol of England...not the Union Jack.... The Union Jack is the usual flag we associate with England, but...

 is really the symbol of the United Kingdom, not England...it's the symbol you will see on the National sports teams of England. 

St. George is the patron saint of England and believed to have died on April 23rd. He is thought to have been a Roman soldier, and, of course...reputed to have killed a dragon.....

 This is a Dunoon, England bone china mug we have at Antiques And Teacups with the ubiquitous image of the St. George Cross, symbol of England...so...

April 23rd is also famous in England because it is celebrated as Shakespeare's birthday...and is also the anniversary of his death...strange, that...

which is a big deal in parts of England...especially Stratford-upon-Avon where he lived...big celebrations there this weekend...

This engraving was made by Martin Droeshout for the First Folio, published in 1623
And here is a decorative Leonardo teapot of Shakespeare from the Antiques And Teacups archives...They always made such wonderful figural teapots!

And of course...Shakespeare Tea! I found this on a wholesale supplier we have...Metropolitan Tea in Canada... 
English Breakfast...of course!
And April 23rd is the anniversary of the founding of the Coldstream Guards, a unit of the Queen' Own Guards brigade of 5 units, and special to us because it was my husband's old unit. For more on the guards, I have posted previously about it on my Time Was Antiques blog HERE


So glad you joined me for tea, teapots and travel as it turns out. So many memorable dates this time of year! So fun! 
I have been super busy revamping and moving one of our websites to a new host, so not enough hours in the day at the moment!

I am joining:

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!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!


  1. What a lovely picture of the Queen and her princes in line to the throne! I have one Dunoon mug and I love the shape of it. Those Coldstream guards are amazing, dressed in their beautiful attire, and how they stand guard for such long periods of time. A steadfast symbol of England. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your day, Ruth.


  2. The Queen is still a beautiful lady, isn't she? The Shakespeare teapot is so unique, Ruth, and then Shakespeare tea, even! Thank you so much for hosting and I hope you have a happy week.

  3. Very interesting post!Thanks for sharing and hosting!Hugs.

  4. I always enjoy learning about U.K. history from you, Ruth. The Queen's birthday had slipped my mind. Last Friday, I enjoyed a cup of Birthday Cake Tea by David's Tea on Friday so I had unconsciously celebrated her birthday after all! The Shakespeare teapot and teas are very cool. Last year, I read a couple of novels that investigated the Shakespeare mystery. It was really interesting to read about the theories of who the real Shakespeare could be. Thank you for hosting and enjoy the last week of April!

  5. Interesting English/Royal family things and information. Thank you for hosting the party... I hope you have a good week. :)

  6. Ruth, I've never seen that particular "Keep Calm" poster; just had to Pin it! And, of course, I learned a few things, as I always do from your informative posts!

  7. Ruth, I had to come back and add my just-posted Deviled Eggs after seeing a plate of deviled eggs on an afternoon tea table on Pinterest!

  8. Such an interesting post! Thank you for sharing all this information.

  9. Love the picture of the Queen. She looks amazing for her age. I love learning about the history of your country. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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