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July 12, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

An antique centre renowned for the quality of its cream teas had to close for the afternoon when the heir apparent to the crown of Thailand turned up with his wife and 30-strong entourage, leaving four hours later with £10,000 worth of antique bone china.

In Lancashire, an antique dining table set for afternoon tea is many people’s idea of heaven, especially if the crockery is old and the tea freshly brewed. Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn seemed to have a similar thought in mind when he arrived in England at the start of his holiday. Having disembarked from his private jet, he made a beeline for a rural antique centre he knew of, accompanied by his wife and royal staff.

However, it wasn’t the antique mahogany pedestal desks and Victorian dining chairs which attracted him, but the fact that the shop also served his favourite strawberry jam and homemade scones. The visit, which took place on 20th June, culminated with the purchase of 300 pieces of bone china – perhaps so the prince could repeat the experience at home. He also found time to chat with the owner about vintage cars, returning a week later to purchase further antiques and enjoy another cream tea.

Due to security precautions, the centre had to be closed to the public during the visit, but you’ll always find the doors open at an antique dealers in Preston, whether you want an antique balloon backed dining chair or a Victorian tea service.

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