Looking happy and radiant, Queen Elizabeth II waves outside St. Paul's Cathedral on the day of the service to mark her Golden Jubilee - The 50th Anniversary Of Her Reign. Photo: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
Collectors Corner: Royal Memorabilia, Part One
BY Viia Beaumanis | May 9th, 2022
As we approach the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, we present part one of a long list of lovely and oh, so regal keepsakes for monarchy fans.
1. Commissioned by Royal Collection Trust for the Royal Collection Shop , this official range of Jubilee glassware, china and tabletop items ($25 to $5,760) crafted by hand in Staffordshire, England, was inspired by the ornate, gold-embroidered purple robe worn by the Queen at her 1953 coronation.
2. At the equally distinguished Harrods, the 173-year-old department store that’s synonymous with London, you can pick up a celebratory bone china Corgi ($376). On the other end of the spectrum, one U.K. manufacturer mass produced more than 10,000 mugs, tea sets and decorative plates that misprinted the occasion as the Queen’s Platinum “Jubbly” — whoops!
3. No surprise, Harrods also offers a delightful Platinum Jubilee line that includes canvas bags ($36), coasters ($33), aprons ($41) and marvellous tea towels ($33 for two) in a bespoke botanical print. Also eye-catching, the store’s hand-embroidered, retro roundels. These look awfully chic hung on a drawer pull or a Christmas tree and come in a laureled disc $57 or crown shape $69.
4. The 70th anniversary of Halcyon Days, the English purveyor of homeware, decorative objects and fashion accessories, was fêted with a royal reception at Windsor Castle in March 2022. Their Jubilee collection includes platinum gilded mugs ($69), bangles ($150) and silk scarves ($253) as well as a selection of handcrafted enamel boxes adorned with vintage photographs of the Queen taken by Cecil Beaton ($1,130).
5. Invite guests to a high tea with a pop-up Queen and her corgis card ($16).
6. To go with your new teacup, pick up a pretty tin of Platinum Jubilee Blend ($27) from Fortnum and Mason, one of Her Majesty’s favourite shops in London (it holds a Royal Warrant). The venerable brand’s Jubilee Box Set ($82) includes an anniversary teacup. You’ll need biscuits of course, and these are glorious ($30) — but what could be merrier than >a Platinum Jubilee Mini Musical Biscuit Tin full of chocolate-macadamia cookies that plays “a rousing rendition” of “God Save the Queen” as it spins? Fortnum’s has also released limited-edition tea towels ($21) in a custom print inspired by the Queen’s life and reign. Racing pigeons and champion horses to the lily of the valley of her wedding day bouquet — they’re just as lovely as she is.
7. Take the spirit of the Jubilee home with a tribute cushion. This lively print from the Royal Collection Trust riffs on Arnold Machin’s iconic image of the Queen featured on decades of coins and postage stamps ($74). Red velvet with gold trim and tassels, Harrods throw pillow offers a regal vibe ($156). Designer Sandie Burton’s cool “handmade cottagecore Britannia comes in nine colours. And this jazzy number adds an amusing gay touch ($25).
8. Pay your respects with a donation to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), which cultivates young Commonwealth leaders by providing organizations with the funding, tools and support to make their initiatives “sustainable and impactful.” For 2022, the QCT launched the Platinum Jubilee Fund for Young Leaders to benefit 70 recipients to honour the Queen’s 70 years of service.