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Less than one year after celebrating her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II has marked another milestone! On February 6, 2017, The Queen celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee, symbolizing a remarkable 65 years on the British throne. No British monarch has ever reached a Sapphire Jubilee, making Her Majesty the first one. In 2015, she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who had reigned for 63 years and 7 months.

Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II when her father King George VI passed away after years of battling lung cancer, while she was away in Kenya. She was only 25-years-old at the time, still in the early years of her marriage to Prince Philip and a mother to two young children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The national anthem was changed from God Save the King to God Save the Queen, many singing the national anthem with pride and affection for their Queen.

The Queen has celebrated sever1297923920111_originalal Jubilee anniversaries during her reign. In 1977, the Queen celebrated 25 years on the throne with her Silver Jubilee. 2002 marked her 50th year of her reign, and finally her Diamond Jubilee celebrated her 60th year. All of these Jubilees were celebrated with great  While the Queen has requested for the celebration of her Sapphire Jubilee to be low-key, it is still a time to celebrate.

You can celebrate Her Majesty’s milestone in your own way. Try some English Tea Store English Breakfast Number 2 blend. If you want to try it just like the Queen, drink it like how she does! Milk with no sugar! If you would like to be patriotic to Her Majesty, our English Favorites Sampler is a lovely variety of 7 English style teas that can help bring out your true British spirit! Enjoy with some Walkers Shortbread and decorate accordingly. May I suggest a 50 pound Note Tea Towel?

Her Majesty is the most beloved in all the Commonwealth Realms. Can you imagine what it would be like if she celebrated her 70th year on the throne? Now THAT would be a record!

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Images: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/06/queen-elizabeth-ii-marks-historic-sapphire-jubilee

We all know and love Queen Elizabeth for her remarkable reign over Great Britain and the Commonwealth Realms. The world has watched her grow up from a graceful young princess to a strong and devoted Queen, leading her nation through the greatest and the most dreadful of times. On April 21, 2016, Queen Elizabeth II will reach yet another milestone: Her 90th birthday.

The Queen recently became the longest reigning monarch in 2015, ruling for over 63 years! Her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been by her side for her entire reign which began in 1952 after having been married since 1947. Not only is she a ruler of a kingdom but she’s also the ruler of a proud and growing family! She is the mother of four children, 8 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren as of this writing.

For her 90th birthday this year in 2016, it will go as normally planned with a few special additions. Her birthday is normally celebrated throughout the months of April, May, and June. For her official birthday on April 21st, the Queen usually spends her birthday in privacy but there are several gun salutes to mark the special day at noon. There are a few special engagements in April but in May, a major celebration will be held for the Queen. From May 12-15 will be celebrations every night featuring an over 90 minute joyous event that will celebrate her life, her love of horses, and her dedication to the Commonwealth and other international affairs. The event will feature over 900 horses and 1500 performers from all over the UK and the world! It will take place on the private grounds of Windsor Castle (this is the only the time the general public are allowed on the grounds) in a custom built arena! The Queen will attend on the final evening, May 15th.

In June, there will be more events marking the celebration. The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will also celebrate his 95th birthday on June 10th but on that day, there will be a special Thanksgiving service held in St. Paul’s Cathedral where invited guests will only be allowed. The next day is the Trooping of the Colour, which is known as the THE official celebration of the Queen’s birthday. A parade celebrating the Queen’s birthday is held, and she will stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where many will try to catch a glimpse of her. On June 12, about 10,000 guests will attend the Patron’s Lunch at the Mall in London. This is to celebrate the many charities in which the Queen is patron of.

If you want to celebrate your own way, you can always enjoy a slice of cake or two, some scones with a bit of jam, or raise a cup of tea, possibly a good Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and enjoy it like how the Queen enjoys it: Milk, no sugar!

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Here’s a bit of fun trivia about Queen Elizabeth for you:

  • Queen Elizabeth was affectionately called Lilibet by her family as a little girl.
  • She is a big fan of the Corgi dog. She has had over 30 of them as pets throughout her reign.
  • The Queen is an avid photographer, taking photos with her cameras over the decades. She has even photobombed someone’s selfie!
  • One big surprising fact about the Queen is that she served in the military during World War 2. She was 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Windsor. She even knows how to change spark plugs and flats tires (and the only member in the British Royal Family to do so).

-CD

by Stephanie Hanson

Part 1

On New Year’s Eve, 1600, Queen Elizabeth chartered the East India Company. She could hardly have known the lasting impact that that charter would have over the next several centuries.

Flag of the British East India Company

When the English saw the success of the Portuguese in trading with China, they jumped in, along with the Dutch and the Spanish. This lead to trade wars between these European nations and against the countries they planned to conquer.

However, despite her charter and England’s new trade with China, Queen Elizabeth’s court would not enjoy tea for a few more years. Beatrice Hohenegger marks tea’s arrival in Europe as 1610, via Dutch imports from Japan. Generally, Catherine of Braganza, the bride of Charles II, is credited with bringing tea to the British isles in 1662. The first official tea purchase, by the British East India Company, was made in 1664, as a gift to the king.

With this step, the British East India Company stepped onto the scene, determined to play its part in the tea trade with as little competition as possible. First, the Dutch found duties increased on their imports, and by 1667 all Dutch imports were declared illegal, paving the way for the Company’s monopoly.

The British East India Company rose the price of tea, putting it out of the reach of all but the wealthy. But Britannia was already hooked on tea and unabashedly turned to smuggling it in from other trading companies. The Swedish East India Company actually based its entire business on smuggling tea into Scotland. Eventually, smuggling led to the relaxation of trade laws, and tea prices settled into a range affordable for the average person. By 1790, English citizens drank 20 million pounds of imported tea per year.

The English government and the British East India Company were doing quite well until the Chinese emperor pointed out that neither money nor objects meant much to the Chinese, whose technology far exceeded that of the West. Wars had also meant the loss of access to silver in South America. The East India Company needed something of value to the Chinese — Opium.

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