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When Kate Middleton Had Me Over For Tea

I am sick as a dog right now - blotchy face, watery eyes, stuffed up nose, the picture of attractiveness (I also definitely hung out at our house's Superbowl party in sweats, looking like death, and carrying around my pint of overpriced Ben & Jerry's - that's called dedication, HI BRUNO). Walking around in the blustery wind and rain in central London this weekend certainly didn't help my case, but I'd do that and more to get to spend time in this charming city.

A few weekends ago, our program took us into London. We went on a fascinating tour of Westminster Abbey, and I definitely teared up when I saw the very spot where Kate and Will got married. And as if people didn't already think I had the crazies, our tour guide passed out unseen photos of their wedding, and I was thinking enough is enough. Send help. I have a lot of feelings, okay?  The history of the abbey is awe-inspiring - every few seconds I was walking over Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens or by Queen Elizabeth or Richard II. Way too much for me to handle, as we've already clarified that I have the emotional capacity of Kristen Bell.

Afterwards, we grabbed a quick lunch by Trafalgar Square and then went on a tour of the National Gallery. Can't you see why this city has me falling head over heels?!
Then, we were able to choose to go off on our own and explore. Others went off to see Buckingham Palace or I don't even really know, pregame for clubbing later that night? Beats me. But Lauren and I, we knew exactly what we needed to do.

Directionally-challenged as we are, we somehow managed to find our way around the Underground to Kensington Gardens without getting lost, and it was a "let's phone our parents!" kind of proud moment. But more importantly, that's right, boys and girls, we had arrived at Kate's humble abode!
I don't think the day could've been more stunning if it tried. I think it might have been one of the most majestic "Golden Hours" I've ever experienced - all was awash in the gold of the sunset, swans and ducklings were out and about, and just the mere fact that I was in Kate's backyard was... well, I'll let you guess because if I keep on talking, I'll let even more of my inner wacko shine.

So, it was less "Kate had me over for tea" and more "I invited myself over by making reservations at The Orangery," but there's really no difference, is there?
Biases aside, the afternoon tea was incredible, albeit pricey. I think it was 30 pounds per person including tea (the best tea I've had yet in Britain. Disclaimer: too many sugar cubes and milk were added), champagne, petit fours, sandwiches, and scones (agadjfhdsalfhja; CLOTTED CREAM). As you can see, these little piggies managed to finish everything, and with our pinkies up, no less!

I couldn't rave more about how amazing the afternoon tea was (the waiters were terribly attractive too, winky face) and how gracious of a host Kate was. Okay, you caught me - she wasn't present. But I swear I saw a brunette with a swingy ponytail peeking out of a window at one point... 

17 comments

  1. I love all your photos! It definitely makes me miss London dearly. :) I'm also sick right now, so I hope we both get better quickly! Feel better soon!

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  2. Love the photos! I would love to see Westminster Abbey; and, although I didn't cry, I did watch their wedding so it'd be surreal to see it in person.

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  3. The title of this post is too amazing. I studied abroad in London for a semester, so I'm practically drooling over your pictures right now. London has got to be one of the most wonderful cities on the face of this planet. There is always so much hustling and bustling, and culture all over. I love it. I hope you are having the time of your life in your program! :) If you see Kate, say hello for me will ya! :)

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  4. Wow!!! Now that looks like an adventure!! Too cool...my family is going to be in London next month, but not me...you're making me develop an evil plan to sneak myself along with them...

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  5. aww absolutely love London!! I only live like an hour away, the city never fails to amaze me :)

    Leyla xx
    Leyla Writes...

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  6. Gorgeous! Just found out my brother is headed to London for a study abroad over the summer and now I'm terribly jealous of both you and him.

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  7. I can't believe that you know Kate as well. She never mentioned you to me. ;)

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  8. Wooooooooooow, absolutely gorgeous! I love all these photos! Just more proof that I need to get my bootayyyy over to England ASAP. Hope you feel better soon petal!

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  9. how fancy. i shall live vicariously through you.

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  10. Absolutely so beautiful! I can't believe that you got to see unseen photos from their wedding! Love me some Will and Kate ;)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  11. So pretty! You're so FANCY having tea with Kate Mid :)

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  12. oh you so fancy!!! such a fun day!

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  13. Seems like a fantastic day!
    Don't worry, I reacted the same way when I visited Westminster Abbey too!
    London is just the most amazing place, isn't it?

    Caitlin
    www.atgatsbys.blogspot.com

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  14. Awe, this brings back so many great memories for me. I was there almost a year ago and that city stole my heart! I actually have many of the same pictures that you took. It was hands down one of the most amazing cities I have been ever to. Enjoy your stay! I hope to go back again one day!

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  15. I've never been to London, but I have a feeling I would be a teary mess too :) This sounds like it might just be the perfect day ever! xoxo

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  16. Love the Orangery, looks like your day was one for the books!

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