A CENTURIAL TRADITION: THE AFTERNOON TEA IN ENGLAND
This ancient custom originated in the 1800s when there were only 2 meals in the day: breakfast and dinner.
Anna Maria Stanhope Russel, 7th Duchess of Bedford and close friend of Queen Victoria, tired of being hungry during the afternoon, decided to add to her diet a cup of tea accompanied by some sweets or savory sandwiches.
And she did it right around 5 p.m., hour in which she usually felt more hungry.
Soon, the Duchess began to invite family members, friends and acquaintances, until this "extravagance" became a real tradition among all the nobles at court.
THE TRADITION TODAY
Today in London you can find many Tea Rooms, where they serve tea with savory or sweet snacks.
These are mostly tourist places, as the British reserve this tradition for special moments or holidays.
It is rumored, however, that unlike her compatriots, Queen Elizabeth II does not skip even an "afternoon tea" ... always putting a drop of milk in her tea, as the English tradition commands.