THEY’VE STOLEN THE SILVER!
Until the reign of Edward VII, it was customary for the best solid silver, adorned with the royal crest, to be brought out even for garden parties. If spoons went missing, it was put down to the carelessness of servants. But one day, after a large garden party for American guests, the horrified silver pantry reported the loss of 1,000 teaspoons, as well as hundreds of knives and forks. After discreet inquiries, it was discovered that souvenir-hunting was all the rage in America. The king wrote off the loss but ordered that henceforth only ordinary cutlery without the royal insignia was to be used for garden parties.
Edward VII meets Mark Twain at a garden party in Windsor in 1907