The woman who brought tea to London

Catherine of Braganza was the Portuguese-born Queen of England, Ireland and Scotland and is credited with bringing tea to Britain. When she arrived in England in 1662, being such an influential figure, she quickly popularized the drink, which at the time was very rare and extremely expensive. 
 
Her husband, King Charles II was also crucial for setting up the British tea trade and greatly favoured the East India Trading Co., which helped them grow and expand, making tea more accessible to the public and more so, the aristocracy.
 
While Catherine's reign as queen, as well as her health and marriage were not the best in many regards, we have her to thank for spreading tea and the culture surrounding it. 

 

Share this post