By Sally Underwood • 06 March 2021 • 9:02
Spanish Palace Brings Back Tradition of Sending Sevilla Oranges to Queen of England. Image: Wikimedia
The Real Alcazar in Sevilla has brought back the tradition of sending a crate of oranges to the Queen of England.
The tradition, which was lost early in the 20th century, sees the bitter oranges sent from the gardens of the Real Alcazar in Sevilla, Europe’s oldest functioning royal palace. The fruit is then used for marmalade for the Queen.
Hugh Elliott, the British ambassador to Spain, said the fruit would be made into marmalade in his residence.
He wrote a letter of thanks to the Alcazar’s director, Isabel Rodriguez.
In it he said the oranges were “enormously appreciated” and the result would be “a blend of our cultures.”
Built in the 12th century, the Real Alcazar is surrounded by around 7,000 square metres of gardens with 1,053 orange trees and 39 lemon trees. A specialised firm has already begun the 2021 harvest, with a budget of €17,837.
Rodriguez told one publication another official had told her about the lost tradition of sending Sevilla oranges to the British royals in 2019.
She added: “Last year we got in touch with the honorary consul in Sevilla, Joe Cooper, and we prepared a 20-kilogram crate of oranges from our trees.”
“This year, however, it was the consul in Sevilla who visited us last week to pick them up and send them to Madrid once more.”
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