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Royal and business families come together

One is arguably the most famous family in the world, the other a high profile business family. And both came together recently for a spot of tea.

One is arguably the most famous family in the world, the other a high profile business family. And both came together recently for a spot of tea.

The UK’s royal family, represented by the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall, popped round to Fortnum & Mason, the London retailer controlled by the Weston family, where they sampled some of the delights on offer.

Wearing varying shades of blue, the royals were even given hampers with champagne truffles and "hearty treats for happy hounds" – no doubt offered because of the Queen’s love of corgis and Kate Middleton’s new puppy, Lupo.

While exploring the department store, a foodie heaven, the Queen met with members of the Weston family.

She also took a look at the collection Fortnum & Mason, known as the Queen’s grocer, is releasing to celebrate the monarch’s diamond jubilee.

Meanwhile, the trio met with military personnel involved in the Gifts For Troops scheme, which sends packages to serving soldiers – Fortnum & Mason is sending tea and biscuits to troops during the diamond jubilee year.

Although the store is more than 300 years old, it has only been in Weston ownership since the 1950s.

But the Westons, through their British and Canadian branches, are well known in the world of retail and food. Supermarket giant George Weston in Canada and Associated British Foods, owners of Primark and Twinings Tea, are among the companies the Westons control.  

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