The Ritual of Afternoon Tea
The much-loved afternoon treat, originated in the U.K. and was invented by Anna Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford (One of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting) sometime around 1840. During that time, dinner was traditionally served quite late in the evening, around 9 p.m. many hours after lunch. Feeling the void, the Duchess started to request that some tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room in the afternoon. From there, a new ritual was born, and without any surprise quickly took off around Britain!