A limited-edition teapot and tea caddy have been added to the official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The English teapot (£250), is limited to 500, and the tea caddy (£175), to 1,000. This is the first time the Royal Collection has included a tea caddy in a commemorative range. The design is based on 18th-century versions in the Collection. Further limited-edition pieces will be released throughout the Diamond Jubilee year.
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 is 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 for the State Visit of President Barack 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 the 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.’
The official Diamond Jubilee china is handmade exclusively for the Royal Collection in Stoke-on-Trent, by the potteries that made the official range of commemorative china for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
See the Diamond Jubilee range online in the Royal Collection shop.