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Chocolate from the Queen

17 November 1900
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'Chocolate from the queen and soup from the enemy.' That is the title of the cartoon drawn by Caran d'Ache on 17 November 1900 for the French magazine Le Rire (The Laugh). The British troops had beaten the Boers on the battlefield in South Africa. The Boers, however, changed their tactics by starting a guerrilla war. Because the troops had to stay away from home longer, Queen Victoria thought she would cheer them up by sending every soldier a tin of chocolate. The hungry soldiers ate the chocolate, but enjoyed more the soup from their enemies.