Tea has played a significant role in much of human history, but it is a little known fact that it has also been an important gift in many weddings. Throughout history, tea has been both a gift to the couples and a symbol of their unity throughout many cultures.
Previously, the mischievous Oliver Cromwell had sparked a revolution that forced most of the aristocracy to either leave the country or perish. Therefore, when Charles married Portuguese Princess Catherine, they were living in exile in Denmark.
At that time in Denmark, tea was already enjoying widespread popularity. Both Charles and Catherine were huge fans.
This gift provoked the craze for tea in Great Britain (in which the English are still fully embroiled), who then passed along the thirst to their Yankee counterparts in the early Americas.
Charles II is often referred to as the “Merry Monarch,” which one must conclude is due to his passion for life, love and the pursuit of great tea!