Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - DYNASTIES PART TWO -

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

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