The official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee goes on sale today (Monday, 10 October). The Royal Collection range was inspired by the Rockingham Service, first used in 1838 at the coronation banquet of Queen Victoria, the only other monarch to celebrate 60 years on the throne.
Commissioned by William IV in 1830, the service was produced in Yorkshire by the Rockingham Works and was possibly the most elaborate service ever made by an English factory, taking eight years to complete. At the centre of the design is William IV’s coat of arms which has been specially redrawn for the Diamond Jubilee.
The Rockingham Service is still used at State Banquets and was last in use at the State Visit for President Barak Obama and Mrs Obama in May. Pieces from the service can be seen in the China Museum at Windsor Castle.
Nuala McGourty, Retail Director at the Royal Collection, said, ‘We are delighted with this design and believe that we have developed a truly exceptional range of products that will serve as a fitting celebration of this momentous occasion. We wanted to create a design that was decorative and feminine, and that would provide the right provenance for the Diamond Jubilee.’
Handmade exclusively for the Royal Collection in Stoke-on-Trent using methods that have remained unchanged for 250 years, each item is individually cast and hand decorated. They are then embellished with several layers of raised burnished gold before a final layer of gilding in 22-carat gold is again, applied by hand.
The official Diamond Jubilee commemorative range can be purchased from the Royal Collection’s online shop and Royal Collection shops at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, at Windsor Castle and in Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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