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Detail showing Queen Victoria drinking tea at a Buckingham Palace Garden party

Serving and sipping a favourite beverage

Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Tea in a snow storm in Glen Beg circa 19 Oct 1865


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In her journal entry of 19 October 1865, Queen Victoria described how she 'drove with Louise & Baby [Princess Beatrice] to Glen Beg, where we took our tea, & just as we sat down it came to snow heavily, making everything white, & we had to put up our umbrellas. Baby was much amused'. This drawing, sketched by the Queen, probably records the event. Three figures can be seen sitting under umbrellas, while a man in Highland dress tends to a stove in front of them.