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Remarkable Find: 121-Year-Old Chocolate Bar – A Gift From Queen Victoria – Found Intact

Chocolates had been despatched to the troop preventing in South Africa (Representational Image)

Believe it or not, a 121-year-old chocolate bar was lately present in its unique tin within the attic of a 500-year-old English manor in Norfolk, japanese England. It belonged to Sir Henry Edward Paston-Bedingfield – an English aristocrat who participated within the Second Boer War (or South African War), which happened between 1899 and 1902. According to a report in Reuters, this chocolate bar was a New Year present from Queen Victoria in 1900 to British troops preventing in South Africa. It is believed to be one of many 100,000 half-pound (226-gramme) chocolate bars that Queen Victoria commissioned to boost the spirit of the troopers, who had been then preventing the battle in South Africa.

The tin of chocolate was discovered within the helmet case of Sir Henry. The tin lid had a message on it in Queen’s handwriting that reads “I wish you a happy New Year”. It additionally had the inscription “South Africa 1900” and a portrait of the Queen.


According to The National Trust within the United Kingdom, it’s believed that Sir Henry stored the chocolate and the helmet as mementoes of his participation within the battle. The report additional learn that this stuff had been found together with the belongings of his daughter Frances Greathead, after her dying aged 100 in 2020.

“Although …you wouldn’t want it as your Easter treat, it is still complete and a remarkable find,” mentioned Anna Forrest, Cultural Heritage Curator on the National Trust. For the unversed, the National Trust is a charity organisation that preserves the heritage of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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