As the impending May nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle draws near, focus is once again on Great Britain and the British monarchy. With the world watching, there are immense expectations of grandeur. We are certain the Prince and his fiance will be held to the highest forms of proper etiquette and grace for each of the numerous events leading to the opulent wedding day.

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Thoughts of Great Britain and the monarchy tend to lend themselves to such lavish social affairs where grace, etiquette, and elegance are customary and expected. These attributes are even prevalent during the quintessential ritual of afternoon tea.

It is said that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is given credit for this tea ceremony. As dinner was customarily served between 8 and 9pm, the duchess found herself in need of sustenance by late afternoon, before dinner. She would order tea, bread and butter, and sweet cakes to tide her over until dinner. Soon she began inviting friends to join her and the ritual of Afternoon Tea was born.

Formal teas changed a bit during the Edwardian period as many were interested in travel and being out and about. Teas were then served at 4pm sharp in the now popular tea lounges and gardens at luxury hotels and famous, high-end stores.

With the coming of two world wars, and the rationing of tea leaves, the afternoon tea lost ground. Then, as coffee bars were established and prevalent, tea lost favor with most.

Today, however, tea has had a remarkable resurgence and is regaining popularity by leaps and bounds. Afternoon teas in luxury hotels are some of the hardest reservations to book, some requiring months in advance. Suffice it to say, all good things come back around.

Take for instance, the delicious teas held at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Not only can you enjoy bites of delicate scones with clotted cream and preserves, and classic petit fours and desserts, but you can also visit during one of their specialty teas. Through April 8,  you can enjoy the Chocolate tea that includes a selection of truffles, macarons, eclairs, cakes and chocolate fondue. You can enjoy the noshes with choices from an extensive selection of teas, hot chocolate or a glass of champagne. Priced at $48 per person, this is a fabulous experience.

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On May 19 you can take part in the Royal Wedding by joining the Mandarin Oriental for the Royal wedding Afternoon Tea or one of the many special”teas” following.

June 14-24: Southern Summers Afternoon Tea
October 22-31: That Fall Feeling Afternoon Tea
December 3-31: Holiday Afternoon Tea

For more details, or to make reservations for any of these teas, follow the link provided below. You can also regularly enjoy their Traditional Afternoon Tea Service in addition to the special tea events.

MORE: Mandarin Oriental Atlanta Afternoon Tea Program

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Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

LOCATION: 3376 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

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About Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Housed in an iconic building designed by celebrated American architect Robert A.M. Stern, Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta soars 42 stories above the Atlanta skyline and offers sophisticated, residential elegance in its 127 spacious rooms and suites. The intimate hotel features a blissful 15,000-square foot spa, indoor lap pool, fitness center, extensive meeting and event space, The Café & Bar for exquisite dining and Taipan, serving specialty cocktails. The sought-after Buckhead location is steps away from the region’s top dining, chic designer boutiques and cultural attractions. The hotel is 35 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 10 minutes from the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, which accommodates private aircraft.