Three new limited-edition pieces have been added to the official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The items are a cake stand (£395) limited to 250, a lionhead bowl (£250) limited to 500, and an ornamental urn (£495) limited to 250. This is the first time that the Royal Collection has produced a cake stand for a commemorative range. All three pieces have been handmade from specially created moulds, based on traditional styles of English china from the potteries in Staffordshire. Further limited-edition pieces will be added to the range throughout the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Royal Collection’s Diamond Jubilee 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.
The Rockingham Service is still displayed at State Banquets and was last in use for the State Visits of the President of the United States of America and Mrs Obama in May 2011, and of the President of the Republic of Turkey and Mrs Gül in November 2011. Pieces from the service can be seen in the China Museum at Windsor Castle.
Nuala McGourty, Retail Director at the Royal Collection, said, ‘Because of the high demand for specialist Diamond Jubilee china, we have developed more limited-edition pieces for this commemorative range than any other. The cake stand was inspired by a 19th-century piece in the archives in Stoke-on-Trent. To create the production moulds, it was modelled from scratch using the traditional method of hand-carving in plaster.’
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. Their methods have remained unchanged for 250 years. Each item is individually cast and hand decorated, then embellished with several layers of raised, burnished gold, before a final layer of gilding in 22-carat gold is applied, again by hand.
The border decoration includes raised and gilded oak leaves, acorns and the national symbols of the daffodil, rose and thistle, entwined over a blue base. On selected pieces in the range, there is an inscription of a passage from The Queen’s Accession speech. It reads, ‘I shall always work to advance the happiness and prosperity of my peoples, spread as they are all over the world.’
A tankard (£39), teacup and saucer (£49), domed pill box (£30), 7-inch plate (£35), 10-inch plate (£95), coffee mug (£25), pill-box clock (£65) and lionhead beaker (£75) form the central range. Two limited-edition pieces of 1,000 – a loving cup (£175) and tea caddy (£175), and an English teapot (£250) limited to 500, are also available. All pieces come in a presentation box and are wrapped in Royal Collection tissue paper. Other products marking the Diamond Jubilee include cushions (from £75) and a commemorative tin range (from £5.95).
The official Diamond Jubilee commemorative range can be purchased online at www.royalcollection.org.uk/shop and from the Royal Collection shops at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (telephone 0845 330 2898).
All profits from the sale of the Diamond Jubilee china range are dedicated to the
Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of the Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection and the promotion of public access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.
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