High Tea Etiquette
It was in 1840 when the 7th Duchess of Bedford requested that light sandwiches be brought to her during that sinking feeling in the late afternoon because of the long gap between lunch and dinner. She began asking others to join her and thus the afternoon tea tradition began. She wasn’t the only royal figure to engage in the afternoon tea ritual, Queen Victoria popularised and turned it into a formal occasion on a large scale known as a “tea reception”.
Today, Queen Elizabeth hosts Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace in the summer. Hailing from such regal origins, it goes without saying that a real high tea experience requires the most polite persona and polished presentation. It is important to be on your best behaviour at all times.
Good manners go a long way, not only just showing respect to someone but they give a polite person increased self-confidence and the ability to be at ease in most situations.
“Good manners mean being kind and thoughtful to others, making allowances for their shortcomings and being considerate about their feelings. If we fail to place importance on these attributes, then we are the losers and the quality of our way of life is diminished too”.
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