Catherine of Braganza, Queen-consort of Charles II of England is credited with inspiring the English obsession with tea. When she first docked in Portsmouth in May 1662 she requested a cup but it was so scarce that none could be found. Over time she became a trend setter and her preference of Portuguese cuisine, including tea, became the fad at the Royal court and eventually spread through the aristocracy and wealthier classes and became the English norm that it is today.
Henrietta of England (16 June 1644 – 30 June 1670) was the youngest daughter of King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland and his wife, Henrietta Maria of France. Fleeing England with her governess at the age of three, she moved to the court of her first cousin Louis XIV of France, where she was known as Minette.