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Her Grace, Anna, The 7th Duchess of Bedford, started the tradition of Afternoon Tea. Wanting to keep her energy up between a light lunch and late dinner she began inviting friends to her Dressing Room (a lady’s parlor near her room) to partake of refreshments and tea.A good friend and Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria, her Majesty was charmed with the idea and Afternoon tea became a firm tradition. Because of Mrs. Buxton’s illness, her tea with Erminia and Maggie would’ve been fairly informal.
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