Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Queen's Royal Collection - Tea Gift Shop

The Scottish make the best cup of tea and the absolute best tea was in Edinburgh. Perhaps it has something to do with the British influence.  However, I couldn't get a glass of ice tea anywhere. 
These pictures where taken at the gift shop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh inside the Queen's Gallery.   Oh, pictures were not allowed in the Gallery, so I was being very careful not to get caught!

I really wanted this tea pot, unfortunately our budget didn't allow for such a luxury...
so this picture is  all I have to remember it by.

Wonderful goodies to enjoy with your tea. Yumm....

A royal pillow or two.  I wanted both of course.

Love the pink and purple color and design...wow!

About the Royal Collection

Shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens over more than 500 years, the Royal Collection includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles. It is is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the Nation, and is not owned by her as a private individual.

We probably walked 20 miles that day...if you include all the steps at the castle.

A little history....
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history.

The Palace is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and as the setting for many of the dramatic episodes in her turbulent reign. Mary was married at Holyroodhouse and witnessed the brutal killing of her secretary Rizzio by her jealous second husband, Lord Darnley, in her private apartments. The Palace briefly served as the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the 1745 uprising.

Today the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

It was fabulous!  Remember the best way to get around Edinburgh is to walk...so make sure you have comfortable walking shoes.   The Royal Collection was awesome and it is always changing, so next time it will be something different. 
I want to go back....I miss the tea!

Please join us for The Plumed Pen blog's afternnon tea party, "TUESDAY TEA FOR TWO",

Have a wonderful Tuesday!