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Queens, tea, rituals and Portuguese influence in the 17th Century


Tea Plantation - Photo Credit to Cha Porto Formoso

Queen Catherine of Braganza’s (1638-1705) marriage to Charles II of England cemented the alliance between Portugal and England. In her baggage came tea another traditions that are very English today. Her life was far from happy, but she left her mark.


Her name came to America, starting precisely with Queens, one of the neighborhoods in York City that was said to have been named in a tribute to Catherine.


The 17th century Portuguese Princess also has the merit of introducing the fork and orange marmalade to the British daily life. Also Britain’s most iconic ritual of the 5 o’clock tea was introduced by, no more, no less than Catherine of Braganza that made tea a widely trendy drink that still lasts.


Furniture never seen in England, porcelain instead of silver and gold plates and music, including the first Opera to be heard in England, were also part of the goods that Queen Catherine introduced to the English. 


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