Christmas gifts for all the family from the Royal Collection

Release date: 
Tuesday, 4 November 2008

If you are searching for that extra-special Christmas present, the Royal Collection offers a host of original ideas.

Treat friends or family to a Private Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace.  In the company of an expert  guide,  they  will explore  the  Palace’s  nineteen  State  Rooms,  which  are  regularly  used  by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining.  Here they can feast their eyes on the treasures from the Royal Collection, including world-famous paintings by Rembrandt and Canaletto. The tour concludes with a glass of Buckingham Palace champagne in the Grand Entrance, where official visitors to the Palace arrive. Tours are available on selected dates in January and April.  Telephone +44 (0)20 7766 7322 for information or to book tickets
(£65.00 per person).

Dine in style with the new Royal Collection tableware inspired by the grandest of royal occasions, a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.  The range includes a wine stand (£65.00) and a pair of wine coasters (£65.00), hand-crafted in England and made from recycled oak and silver-plate. 
A corkscrew (£8.95) and silver-plated bottle stopper (£12.95) decorated with a crown motif would make the smartest of stocking-fillers. The Royal Collection offers a selection of fine wines, including Buckingham Palace vintage champagne and Château Lafite Rothschild claret, (from £15.00 to £60.00).  To serve, there is a selection of crystal glassware, hand-made in England (from £60.00). 

The chef in the family will be prepared for any banquet with a pair of Royal Collection oven gloves (£12.95) or an apron (£14.95) decorated with the royal lion and unicorn.  Christmas cake and mince pies will look their very best presented on a piece of Royal Collection china. The new range is based on a design from the royal china pantry in Buckingham Palace.  It includes an 18-inch plate, teapot, cup and saucer; all items come individually gift boxed (from £6.95 to £95.00).

The Royal Collection has lots of unusual gift ideas for children.  Kit out an aspiring young officer in a pair of guardsman pyjamas (£14.95) and ‘busby’ (£8.95). He can write his Christmas ‘thank-you’ letters on ‘Changing the Guard’ stationery which includes a lined notepad (£1.95) and a pencil-case set including colouring pencils, felt-tips, a pencil-sharpener and an eraser (£9.95).  For little girls and babies there are Buckingham Palace pink pyjamas and sleep-suits decorated with the nursery rhyme ‘pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to visit The Queen’ (£14.95 and £9.95).

The Royal Collection shops are on Buckingham Palace Road, London, and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Some items can be ordered from the Royal Collection website, www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk

Press information, photographs and product samples are available from Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection,
telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377, e-mail: rachel.woollen@royalcollection.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

The Royal Collection Shops are located at:

The Royal Mews
Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377

The Queen's Gallery
Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377

Buckingham Palace Shop
7 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377

Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7839 1377