Prince Charles holding a cup of tea

Prince Charles holding a cup of teaGetty: Images

Prince Charles certainly runs a tight ship!

According to Royal experts, Prince Charles has a strict set of rules for his Royal butlers to follow and makes sure everything is made to perfection for his daily cup of tea.

Evan Samson is the hospitality manager of Dumfries House, and recently spoke out about everything that goes into ensuring Prince Charles is satisfied with his cup of tea.

The butlers are expected to make and serve the tea in quite a particular way. Samson explains 'The key is to use loose tea and a teapot - one teaspoon of tea leaves per teacup plus an extra one for the pot. The water must be heated to 70C for green tea and 100C for Earl Grey or English breakfast tea. The temperature of the water must be measured with a thermometer.'

Clearly, Prince Charles isn't messing around when it comes to his tea, and he expects the perfect cup every time. There are also different rules for how the tea is brewed, depending on the tea.

Samson went on to say 'There are different rules for making green and black tea - while green tea should be brewed for three minutes, black tea must be left for five. A perfect royal brew should use organic honey instead of sugar which is added to the teacup before the tea is poured in. There are specific details about how the teacup should be positioned – the handle of the teacup must be placed to the right, with the teaspoon under the handle.'

There is a lot to remember when it comes to making tea for Charles! 

It's not just Prince Charles who enjoys his tea a certain way either. We all know about Queen Elizabeth's love for a cuppa, and she too enjoys it her way. Grant Harrold, a former butler for Prince Charles, had this to say when discussing the process of making Queen Elizabeth's tea; 'Pour the tea into the cup from a teapot, add milk to the cup after the tea and never before, stir back and forth, never use a circular motion and never touch the sides. Lastly, you should always sip from the cup and never slurp.'

Reckon you could make a few cups of tea for the Royals?