Brief History Lesson: Jubilee and Queens

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 at 10:22 am by

With all the recent hullabaloo over Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee across the pond, reader AJP sent along this interesting historical snippet. Time for a brief history lesson. Pay attention, as there might be a pop quiz later.

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The last time there was a massive flotilla of the size of Queen Elizabeth’s on the Thames in London was 1662—a procession for King Charles II and his new consort wife Catherine of Braganza of Portugal.  The borough Queens is named for Catherine, Brooklyn (Kings County) for Charles II and Richmond County (Staten Island) for one of his sons.

Catherine is credited with bringing the tradition of drinking tea in Britain and “High Tea” at 5pm is still a practiced tradition in Portugal today—so not really an English thing. The tea had been imported to Portugal from the Portuguese possessions in Asia.  She also introduced the fork to the dining tables of England.

Sorta ironic that Richmond was actually the illegitimate son of Charles. Think about that…

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