Fit for a queen-to-be

By Kate Welsh
Updated May 08, 2018
Credit: Photo by Kate Welsh

When Prince William was preparing to marry Kate Middleton in 2011, the world did not shut up about it for months. I would know, because—after consuming innumerable articles about the venue and the bridal party and the dress—I was one of those people who willingly woke up at 4:30 in the morning to watch it. The thing that kept me awake during those wee hours? Cups of strong English Breakfast tea, consumed out of a commemorative mug.

What I didn’t know at the time was that a number of tea companies had made tea inspired by the royal wedding. They’ve reemerged in honor of Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle, and so, fortunately, I’ll have even more appropriate tea to pour in my mug this go-around.

Here are the three teas you can sip bright and early on May 19.

If you believe in fairy tales: Harney & Sons Royal Wedding Tea

Not unlike an overblown love story, Harney & Sons Royal Wedding Tea was a bit much. Straight out of the tin, the sachets gave off a strong aroma of Tootsie Rolls, followed by a hint of roses left in a vase for too long. Fortunately, the scent mellowed slightly after brewing, and the taste, though overwhelmed by the smell, was better. This is a true gourmande white tea, with almond, coconut, rose, and caramelized bananas up top. It finishes with almost a toasty, buckwheat aftertaste. It was quite a bit like a sweet fruitcake in tea form—and considering that’s the traditional British wedding cake, it makes sense.

If you’ve got a stiff upper lip: Fortnum & Mason Wedding Breakfast Tea

Fortnum & Mason Wedding Breakfast tea is the traditional English Breakfast tea, perfect for people that take their tea with a splash of milk OR a lemon (never both, goodness). On its own, this loose leaf blend of large leaf Assam (the traditional English Breakfast tea leaf) and Kenyan orange pekoe (chosen because Wills and Kate got engaged in Kenya) is not particularly interesting, but it’s not offensive either. It does have a very important benefit for early morning wedding gawking: Out of all the options, this has the most caffeine.

If you know that Bridget Jones' Diary was based on Pride and Prejudice and you love them both: Capital Teas Royal Wedding Tea

Capital Teas’ intensely floral take on Earl Grey seems perfect for a royal wedding. With a classic morning black tea base, this Royal Wedding loose leaf blend includes fragrant, pleasantly bitter bergamot and delicate, heady rosebuds. It’s traditional, with a twist—which is also how people keep describing Harry and Meghan’s upcoming nuptials. This is probably what I’ll be drinking the morning of their wedding.