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A story for Maud and @MildewPea

August 8, 2010

This from Stupefying New Zealand Trivia No 2 (Collins 1981):

The Queen Mother first saw a tea trolley at Wairakei, New Zealand. King George was very taken with it, pushing it backwards and forwards. It was pointed out to him that the invention was an especially practical one for NZ conditions, as most of our houses were bungalows with kitchen and dining and sitting rooms on one level, and there was little household help used. Royal tour observers believed that the pair were more impressed by tea trolleys than by any of the official events or sightseeing on the tour.

 

( That was in 1927 when the couple were the Duke and Duchess of York. They travelled on HMS Renown.)

 HMS Renown

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