Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, KG, PC
A member of the Whig Party, the 2nd Earl Grey was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from November 1830 to July 1834.
The Earl Grey blend of black tea is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, who reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil, taken from bergamot, a citrus fruit typical of Southeast Asia.
In his personal life; Grey married Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby (1776–1861), only daughter of William Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby and Hon. Louisa Molesworth in 1794. The marriage was a fruitful one; between 1796 and 1819 the couple had ten sons and six daughters.
Their third daughter Lady Elizabeth Grey whom married John Crocker Bulteel is one of the great-great-great-great-grandmothers of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Portrait by Charles Turner © National Portrait Gallery, London