The Queen’s annual garden parties may be cancelled this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in one of the royal family’s most popular treats.
Breaking with tradition, the Queen’s royal pastry chefs have taken to Instagram to share the recipe for Her Majesty’s famous afternoon tea — fruit scones.
The video showing how to make the popular treat has been viewed more than half a million times with some very thankful scone lovers leaving messages of appreciation.
“Wow, it looks great! I will try very soon, thank you so much for sharing,” one fan said.
“Thank you for sharing this!!! I will definitely try making these!” added another.
“Thank you so much to the staff for sharing. I fell in love with scones when I was there in 2002,” a third said.
It comes after the Royal Family was forced to axe the highly-anticipated annual summer garden parties due to coronavirus restrictions.
At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed — that’s a lot of eating.
In fact, over the course of each year, the Queen welcomes more than 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
“Garden Parties are an important way for the Queen to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community,” the official royal family website says.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A GARDEN PARTY
There’s three garden parties a year and each one kicks off when The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the royal family, enter the Palace garden at 4pm.
The National Anthem is played by one of the two military bands and while that’s happening the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh mingle among the guests through “lanes”.
Each takes a different route and random presentations are made so that everyone has an equal chance of speaking to Her Majesty and other members of the royal family. The Queen then arrives at the Royal Tea Tent, where she meets further guests. Guests are free to eat, drink and stroll around the Palace gardens.