The Duchess´ Breakfast

19 May

Currently I´m reading a pocket book printed in 1974, called “Nicole Nobody”. Its yellowed pages contain the autobiography of the Duchess of Bedford. From a book that is filled with near-death escapes, Résistance bravery and Hollywood jet-set romances, I would like to highlight this simple, little domestic scene. It describes how the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, when living at Woburn Abbey in the 1960´s, would start their day.

“For breakfast, which we prepare ourselves, we normally have Muesli. My husband shreds the apple with a machine, and I put raisins, walnuts, hazel-nuts and almonds into the bowls with the milk. We change apples for raspberries or strawberries in the summer –and, of course, we both drink Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong in bed, each carrying his or her own tray in dead silence.

We then sit up in bed with the papers. I read the Daily Mail and the Guardian while my husband prefers the Daily Express and The Times.”

(Nicole de Bedford, Nicole Nobody, p 245)

This entry caught my attention for two reasons:

* it adds a lot of glamour to my own breakfast, which is basically the same (never realised how high society I was)

* I think it´s a marvellous idea, picturing two aristocrats in a stately house, with several hundreds of staffmembers, yet shredding their own apples in the morning.



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