Best photos of the British royal family drinking tea, including Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and the Queen

Tea anyone? 9 times the royal family enjoyed a cuppa

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Fish and chips, the seaside and scones are just some of the things associated with British culture, but it doesn't get more quintessentially English, than the royal family and a good cup of tea. Like most of us the Queen and her family are partial to a cuppa and we recently learned that the Duchess of Cambridge enjoys a builder's tea – with a dash of milk.

The Duchess of Sussex is said to prefer herbal infusions over English breakfast tea. In a piece for the September issue of British Vogue last year, Meghan revealed how she and editor-in-chief Edward Enninful bonded over a steaming cup of mint tea.  

Former royal butler Grant Harrold has also previously shared how Her Majesty prefers her brew on BBC Three's show Miss Holland. He said that the monarch is a fan of Assam and Earl Grey, and will always pour the tea in first, if she's taking milk.

Take a look at all the times the royals have enjoyed a good cuppa. 

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate discussed raising the next generation of children with parents at the Ark Open Farm in Northern Ireland with a cup of tea. Kilcooley Women's Centre were one of the organisations to meet Kate during the royal visit and one Twitter user @LadyParky79 asked one of the questions we all want to know – how does the Duchess like her tea? The charity responded with: "Just like us little bit of milk…. so down to earth we were enchanted." 

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The Duchess of Sussex

The Duchess of Sussex opted for a mug of mint tea instead of coffee, during a visit to Birkenhead in January 2019. Meghan was six-months pregnant with baby Archie at the time. 

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Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana enjoyed an Arabian breakfast during a tour of Saudi Arabia in 1986. We just love how chic she looked first thing in the morning, in a blue and white patterned tunic and crescent moon-shaped earrings. 

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The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate looked so elegant as she sipped her tea during her royal tour to Malaysia in 2012. We love the hair pearls! 

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The Countess of Wessex

Sophie stopped by the Daniel Department Store in Windsor in 2018, for a spot of afternoon tea. 

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

Her Majesty and Prince Philip take a tea break during a visit to Nauru island, northeast of Australia, in 1982. 

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

This gorgeous black and white image shows the Queen's parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (who later become the Queen Mother) taking tea at Buckingham Palace on their silver wedding anniversary in 1948. 

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The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla visited the Yurt Cafe, a social enterprise in Limehouse, in 2019 and naturally stayed for a cuppa. 

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The Prince of Wales

Could this photo be any more British? Charles enjoyed some tea and a royal-themed cake at the Ideal Homes Show in London in 2012.

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