|HRH The Princess Helen cuts the ribbon|
The Opening Ceremony was graciously performed by HRH The Princess Helen of Romania, accompanied by her husband H.E. Domnul Alexander. Princess Helen gave a wonderful speech which was simultaneously heart-warming and poignant and she charmed everyone.
|HRH The Princess Helen|
|Anita Atkinson with HRH The Princess Helen|
RoyalTeas is the brainchild of my longtime friend Anita Atkinson's daughters Ruth and Gemma.
behind Ellen and Anita's
Gemma came up with the clever name.
|HRH The Princess Helen, H.E. Domnul Alexander,|
Of course Anita couldn't have managed a tea room on her own....she is not a baker - sorry Anita, but you know it's true :-).... however, Christine Dodd is a first class baker and RoyalTeas is their terrific joint venture. It is open now and right through the summer to August of 2012.
|Christine Dodd with Ellen|
Anita is a well know Royalist and holds the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest collection of Royal Memorabilia in the world. And, what she doesn't know about the Royal Family History, past and present, isn't worth knowing. Over the last thirty years she has given numerous 'Royal Talks' always donating any money generated to charity.
As some of you know I have been a Royalist since the age of six when I managed to get my head stuck in the railings outside Buckingham Palace....moving swiftly on.......
|The Royal Visitors chat to|
a member of Stanhope Silver Band
|Lilian Peart admires the exhibition|
RoyalTeas is a MUST VISIT.
Stanhope Silver Band played both the Romanian and our national anthems at the Opening Ceremony AND in RoyalTeas gave an impromptu performance of 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' to celebrate the typically British weather! Oh yes, many raindrops were falling throughout the day....
The exhibition is incredible and so colourful it has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The food is fabulous - we recommend the plain scones with jam and cream, and the fruit cake.
RoyalTeas venue is courtesy of Stanhope Methodist Chapel who deserve a huge thank you for their support of Anita and Christine.
Ellen Dean Most Definitely Recommends :-)
You will find RoyalTeas opposite Barclays Bank in the main street of Stanhope:
44 Front Street,
Opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm until August 2012.