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MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com



Some guests wore period clothing to a previous tea at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, and several have said they will dress in Victorian attire for this Sunday's tea that honors Britain's new little prince. Modern clothing, of course, is welcome, too.
Some guests wore period clothing to a previous tea at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, and several have said they will dress in Victorian attire for this Sunday's tea that honors Britain's new little prince. Modern clothing, of course, is welcome, too.
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IF YOU GO

What: Tea in honor of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre

Admission: $38.50 per person, including tax and gratuities

Reservations: Call Carle Welter at 406-1435



Let’s see, His Royal Highness, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, is third in line to the throne, preceded by his father, William, and his grandfather, Charles. His great-grandmother, Elizabeth, is the current monarch, and before her, there were a few kings — two Edwards and two Georges, in fact, — all descended from Queen Victoria.


Tea hostess Carle Welter is doing her research so she can make a presentation on the baby’s royal heritage during an afternoon tea, set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre.


“Here in the United States we don’t have any royalty of our own,” she mused. “Right away that makes the royal family in England more important to those who are interested. People here tend to follow the movie stars, and the royal family is that kind of celebrity in England.”


“Just about every little girl wants to be a princess,” she added with a chuckle. “I don’t think girls really grow out of that.”


No matter how old you are, if you’d like a taste of royal treatment you can visit the Stegmaier mansion on Sunday. There you will find a four-course tea, a chance to play lawn croquet and an opportunity to tour the first floor of the mansion as well as visit with members of “Queen Victoria’s Court,” who will appear in Victorian period clothing.


The meal will include a scone course, a salad course, soup and sandwiches, ending with dessert, Welter said.


“The chef does his research to make it appropriate,” she said. “It will all be geared toward the royal family.”


In honor of royal babies past and present, Welter is searching out photos of British royalty either as babies or “as young as possible.”


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