IT’S TEA o’ CLOCK. 1662 was the date when Catherine of Braganza arrived in Britain from Portugal to marry Charles II, and brought with her a casket of tea. The Portuguese had been importing Tea to Europe from the beginning of the 17th century and Catherine had grown up drinking tea. She was the first to make it fashionable in England, and first the ladies of the court, and gradually those removed from royal life, developed a liking for the elegant drink. Tea was usually consumed in the company of female friends within a bedchamber or a closet (a small room for entertaining guests near the bedchamber). The tea itself and the delicate pieces of porcelain for brewing and drinking it were displayed in the closet.
Today each subject of Queen Elizabeth II drinks on average six cups of tea a day. Few nations can pride themselves on their love of tea as much as the English. And few can pride themselves on going to such measures to turn it into a lifestyle. .
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