The Royal Collection has commissioned a unique commemorative range for its shops to mark the seventieth wedding anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, which was celebrated on 20th November 2017.
Like much of the Royal Collection’s exclusive chinaware, the range is inspired by features in the State Apartments of the British royal residences, such as the double knot in the Garter Throne Room at Windsor Castle and the gilding on the silk-damask upholstered beechwood throne chairs in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace – The Queen’s chair being made for use at the coronation in 1953, The Duke of Edinburgh’s chair being made after the coronation. A stunning range was commissioned by the Royal Collection to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of The Queen’s coronation.
The chinaware is decorated with the combined monogram of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and includes pieces ranging from a tankard, a pillbox and a commemorative plate, to special limited edition crystal ware, such as goblets, sherry glasses and even a carriage clock, in collaboration with Royal Warrant Holders Mappin & Webb of London, who hold the Royal Warrant to The Queen as Jewellers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths as well as to the Prince of Wales as Silversmiths. Mappin & Webb’s relationship with the Crown goes back to 1897 when they were granted the Royal Warrant to Queen Victoria as Silversmiths, in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; Mappin & Webb have held the Royal Warrant for Silversmith to each successive monarch.
Other Royal Collection commemorative chinaware is inspired by porcelain in the collection itself, such as ‘Royal Birdsong’ – inspired by a blue and white Sevres water jug and basin – or the ‘Chelsea Porcelain’, inspired by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s own collection of botanical china. A special range entitled the ‘Great Exhibition’, takes its inspiration from the famous Minton service which appeared at the ‘Great Exhibition’ in 1851; another range has been inspired by Queen Victoria herself, using the Queen’s monogram as the main decoration. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert also have their own commemorative range, containing their entwined cypher based on a piece in the Royal Collection from 1840, the year of their marriage. Another, the ‘Coat of Arms’, is based on a plate from the Royal China Pantry at Buckingham Palace. Other prestige ranges include the ‘Rockingham Collection’, after the original Dessert Service commissioned by King William IV in 1830; the Honi Soit collection – inspired by a service made for William IV when he was Duke of Clarence and as the name suggests, embracing the motto of the Order of the Garter – and the Gadroon Collection, which is patterned on the service used at the annual Garter Day Luncheon at Windsor Castle.
A stunning range was commissioned by the Royal Collection to commemorate The Queen’s becoming the longest reigning monarch on 9 September 2015.