Join us on Wednesday 4th August at 3pm for The Queen’s Tea, virtual event.

We will be celebrating the birthday of our Late Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and raising money for the work we do here at QEF with disabled people.

The Queen’s Tea

Enjoy your cream tea from the comfort of your own home in support of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) and to celebrate the birthday of our late Patron Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Choose whether to have a Cream Tea delivered direct to your door or host your own socially distanced Queen’s Tea Party!

We are excited to welcome Dame Esther Rantzen, who will be giving a Q&A about her career. There will also be a short talk from Hugo Vickers about our late Patron Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Plus this year we are adding a new element to the event, we have Channel 4’s Merlin Griffiths teaching us how to make a Gin & Dubbonet, which is said to be Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s favourite cocktail!

And of course the trumpeters of the Welsh Guard will be playing us in and out of the event once again.

It is easy to join! Just purchase your ticket and QEF will send a simple link, which you will just need to click on.

Please purchase your virtual tickets and cream teas by Monday 26th July. Thank you


Ticket options:

-Virtual ticket and a cream tea delivered to your door: £30 per person (2 scones, cream and jams)

(If you would like more than one cream tea delivered to a different address, then please email with the names and addresses)

-Virtual ticket: £20 per person

-Host your own The Queen’s Tea virtual ticket: £20

(Host your own cream tea in your garden or house, but following the latest government guide lines, and ask your guests for donations for QEF)


Our Celebrity Guests:

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Born in 1940, Dame Esther has received the Dimbleby Award from Bafta, received an OBE for services to broadcasting, a CBE for services to children, and in 2015 a DBE for services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line.

A graduate from Somerville College Oxford of which she is now an Honorary Fellow, Esther Rantzen’s career in broadcasting began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant.  From there she moved into television, becoming a researcher/reporter for Braden’s Week and then producer/presenter of That’s Life, which ran for 21 years on BBC Television and achieved an audience of 22 million.  Esther has made  pioneering programmes on subjects such as childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse.  In 1986 she invented the concept of ChildLine and chaired the charity for 19 years, now acting as its President.  In 2012 she invented The Silver Line, a helpline for older people of which she is President, and which has merged with Age UK.

She contributes regularly to the media, has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, survived ITV’s Australian jungle and Who Do You Think You Are, and appeared on Question Time while standing as an independent candidate for Luton South. She has been awarded 7 honorary doctorates, and is a Patron of 19 charities. Her husband Desmond Wilcox, the award-winning documentary maker, died in 2000.   She has three children and five grandchildren, and divides her time between London and the New Forest.


Hugo Vickers

Hugo Vickers is well known as a biographer, lecturer and broadcaster, and is an acknowledged expert on the Royal Family.  

His first book was about Gladys Deacon, Duchess of Marlborough (1881-1977), in whom he became interested when he was 16 years old.   When he was 23, he found the Duchess in the psychogeriatric ward of a mental hospital and talked to her for two years until her death at the age of 96.  He researched in Europe and America and published Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough in 1979.  Because there was considerably more material available 40 years on, he revised this book for a new edition, published in 2020, as The Sphinx (and paperback in 2021).  It has received positive reviews.

He is called upon to commentate on important state occasions, and at times when the Royal Family are in the news.  He has covered events from the first wedding of the Prince of Wales, the funerals of Diana, the Queen Mother and Prince Philip, and many royal weddings.  The Financial Times recently described him as: ‘the most knowledgeable royal biographer on the planet.’

He has written many biographies of 20th century figures, including Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Andrew of Greece, and the Queen Mother.  His book, The Quest for Queen Mary, sold 40,000 copies in various forms.  He has attacked the thirty episodes of the Netflix series of The Crown – in his book, The Crown Dissected (2019), and added a privately published sequel, covering Season 4.

In May 2021 he published Malice in Wonderland, with extracts from his own diaries about researching the life of Cecil Beaton. When not writing, he travels through the Commonwealth and Overseas Territories, establishing Commonwealth Walkways, and as such has visited many countries from Australia, New Zealand and Canada, to the Cook Islands, the Falklands and, as he puts it, was once obliged to spend seven weeks touring the Caribbean.  In 2019 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

He is a Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire and Captain of the Lay Stewards of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, having now served as a Lay Steward for over 51 years. 

He has lectured in the UK, the USA, Australia, France and Italy – in Windsor Castle, Marlborough House, St James’s Palace, Spencer House, Blenheim Palace, and the British Embassy in Paris - as well as on board transatlantic liners and many a village hall.

He appeared frequently on Larry King Live between 1997 and 2005, and he had his Andy Warhol moments of fame when he appeared with Stephen Colbert in his programme, My Fair Colbert, about the 2011 royal wedding. He lives in London and Wiltshire and has three grown-up children.


Merlin Griffiths

TV’s favourite barman Merlin Griffiths Merlin has appeared in First Dates since 2013 and it continues to continues to attracts millions of viewers of all ages. Merlin also appears on ‘Saturday with James Martin’ creating cocktails for viewers to make at home.

Merlin’s somewhat eclectic list of jobs include working in Soho cocktail bars to high volume restaurants, members clubs, nightclubs and corporate events. He spent three and a half years working in global marketing for Bacardi as a Global Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire Gin. The role subsequently saw Merlin travel extensively across the world. An expert in the field of drinks he is a walking encyclopaedia of anything to do with spirits and cocktails.  Merlin met his partner Lucile at a cocktail competition more than a decade ago in Canada. Initially Lucile and Merlin took over The Priory Tavern in 2010. They took influences from classic British pub food and their time working in Canada and America. Consequently, the couple’s pub won Regional Cellar Keeper of the Year in 2015 and their current business is called The Malsters and sits on Badby Villlage Green in Northants.


This event is kindly sponsored by The Banham Foundation.

Cream Teas are being provided and delivered by The Gentlemen Baristas.

Date & Time
Wednesday 04 August 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Contact information
01372 841 151
Event price
for a virtual ticket and a delivered cream tea to my door- per person - £30.00
for a virtual ticket and I will make my own cream tea- per person - £20.00
for a virtual ticket, as I will host my own Queens Tea and ask for donations from my guests - £20.00
Woodlands Road
KT22 0BN