More exclusive recipes from Royal Teas will be published in The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine on May 7 – the day before the book is published, priced £14.95, or £12.95 via the Royal Collection Trust.The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B. Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap.” Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it — something was definitely lost in time and translation (you have to imagine it was the Mesopotamian equivalent of “Women be shopping”), but not before the joke helped pave the way for almost 4,000 years of toilet humor.
But it seems the former Great British Bake Off star has a surprising rival: Her Majesty the Queen.
but the food wasn’t up to much” – that’s not what we’d like.’Savoury recipes in the book, whose proceeds will help conserve artworks owned by the Queen, include brioche crayfish cocktail buns, egg mayonnaise on toast points, wild mushroom vol-au-vents, quail scotch eggs and miniature game pies.
Meanwhile, sweet treats include Yorkshire rhubarb creme brulee tartlets, cherry madeleines and the poshest Jammie Dodgers most people will come across: sables aux confiture.
A few notes on our methodology: We’ve defined “joke” pretty broadly here.
Yes, a joke can be a one-liner built from a setup and a punch line, but it can also be an act of physical comedy.