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This evening after our workout at the gym, my husb, Steve, and I popped over to the grocery store to pick up some groceries. We were out of tea and as we were looking at all the brands and varieties of tea we got a little dizzy.  THERE ARE GOBS OF TEA!

Alas, amidst all that tea, they didn’t have our usual Bengal tea from Celestial Seasonings, which is essentially a decaf Chai tea, so we tried a new brand of decaf Chai tea. We also realized that we were out of peppermint tea, which is a shared favorite.  (In fact, I took it as a sign from God that I was to marry Steve when after just meeting him for the first time he offered me peppermint tea.  sigh )

After we got our Chai and our Peppermint I noticed this:

Prince of Wales Tea

“Prince of Wales Tea?” I asked Steve, who is Canadian and who has a Queen. “So does Prince Charles get his own tea?” (Yes, I said it a little mockingly about the Royals as if I didn’t wake up at 3 a.m. to watch the big Royal Wedding last Spring.)

Steve picks up the box and starts reading the back, which says something about the Prince of Wales granting Twinings permission to sell his personal blend using his royal title, in 1921. And then Steve leans on the grocery cart and rolls his eyes up as though he’s remembering something.



Thinking. And then he says, “Oh, that would be Prince Edward, son of King George V.”

Either everyone born in a country under the British Crown knows these things or it’s just another one of Steve’s Rainman moments.