This Is the Queen’s Favorite Tea. Here’s Where to Find It.

Queen Elizabeth's top tea can be found in almost anywhere. You'll be sipping tea like a royal in no time!


Most of us will never have tea with Her Majesty the Queen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have tea like her.

Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tea can be found in your local grocery store or easily ordered on Amazon. Her cup of choice is from British tea maker Twinings, a brand that has been officially serving the royal family since 1837.

Find more of the Queen’s favorite foods here.

How the Queen Takes Her Cup

Her Majesty starts each morning in a quintessentially British way with a cup of tea and biscuits, according to former Royal Chef Darren McGrady. She may have a fancy chef but her choice in tea isn’t lavish at all. The Queen drinks Twinings Earl Grey tea with a splash of milk and no sugar. (You can make shortbread “biscuits” to go with your cup, too.)

As you’d expect with a British Monarch, there is more tea to drink after breakfast. High Tea in the afternoon calls for another bone china saucer full of Twinings Earl Grey or occasionally she’ll mix it up and sip this Darjeeling tea, accompanied by a spread of crustless sandwiches and cakes. You can play royal for a day with our collection of stunning tea sandwiches.

The Queen even travels with a stash of Earl Gray to ensure she can enjoy her daily routine anywhere in the world!

Serving the Castle

A Royal Warrant of Appointment, known to us commoners as a Royal Warrant, is a “mark of recognition” for companies who supply goods to the Royal Family. Twinings was first granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria, who reigned until 1901, and has served every monarch since then. (We’re royally impressed!)

The special relationship between the Queen and her favorite tea company was made clear on her 90th birthday. Twinings made a special, limited-edition tea for the public in celebration of Her Majesty’s big day.

Royals, they’re just like us! At least when it comes to their choice in tea.

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.