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Cheese weighing 1000 pounds (lbs) given as a gift to King George III in 1793 from the Duchy of Chester. Presumably a Cheshire cheese? Two men stand by to give an idea of scale

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This image, sourced from Mary Evans Picture Library, depicts a grand presentation of a colossal Cheshire Cheese, weighing an impressive 1000 pounds (lbs), given as a gift to King George III in the year 1793 by the Duchy of Chester. The monarch, known for his love of fine food and drink, is shown here surrounded by the opulence of his royal court. Two men, dressed in the fashion of the era, stand by the table, each holding one end of a ribbon, offering an accurate depiction of the cheese's immense size. The Cheshire Cheese, a renowned English delicacy, was traditionally produced in the county of Cheshire and was renowned for its distinctive, pungent flavor and crumbly texture. This monumental cheese was not only a token of esteem from the Duchy of Chester but also a symbol of the strong connection between the monarchy and the agricultural wealth of the region. The history of this extraordinary gift can be traced back to the ancient custom of presenting a cheese of this magnitude to the monarch every year on the Feast of Michaelmas, which falls on September 29th. The tradition, which dates back to the 13th century, was a way for the Duchy of Chester to demonstrate its loyalty and prosperity to the crown. This photograph offers a fascinating glimpse into the rich history of food, tradition, and royal patronage in 18th-century England. The image, with its intricate details and the sense of grandeur it evokes, is a testament to the enduring allure of the past and the stories it holds.

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