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Ever wondered what it would be like to eat like The Queen? Not knocking back Dubonnet and picking out corgi hairs like our current monarch, but like the most glorious queen Britain’s had, Queen Victoria? Well now you can, thanks to Blenheim Palace.

Led by Executive Chef Billy Bush, the team at the stately home’s The Orangery restaurant have put together a culinary homage to the great lady in the form of an afternoon tea celebrating her life.

Over five courses enjoy some of Queen Victoria’s favourite foods, including a mini Victoria sponge, a classic chocolate eclair, strawberry and vanilla Battenburg, mini sherry trifle and the Lady’s Finger.

Not only is the food inspired by the Empress’s favourite dishes, there are also subtle nods to notable moments in her lifetime, such as the inclusion of the Battenburg cake which was invented to celebrate the marriage of Princess Victoria, the granddaughter of the Queen Victoria, to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884.

The menu is designed to coincide with Blenheim Palace’s exhibition: Victorian Passions & Pursuits which opened this month and celebrates this period in the nation’s as well as the palace’s history and allows visitors to see what the palace would have been like at the time that Sir Winston Churchill was born there in 1874.

Victorian Passions and Pursuits exhibition at Blenheim Palace runs until  Monday 16th April.