Queen Elizabeth II will mark her 95th birthday on 21 April, and today a new range of commemorative china has been released by the Royal Collection Trust to celebrate the occasion.
The china collection includes a mug, pillbox, tankard, side plate, and teacup and saucer set and ranges from £25 to £65. Each piece is handmade in Stoke-on-Trent using traditional methods that have remained unchanged for 250 years.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, “The design was inspired by the pink roses growing in the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle which bloom in June, the month of The Queen’s official birthday.” The pieces feature the royal coat of arms above the emblems of the United Kingdom: roses, shamrocks, and thistles.
The border follows a l’oeil-de-perdix or “partridge eye” pattern, which is inspired by the Sèvres porcelain in the Royal Collection.
“From the development of initial designs and creation of individual moulds, to the hand-finishing with 22-carat gold and manufacture of the special packaging, the production process encompasses the skills of over 50 individuals from several factories at the heart of the English Potteries,” the Royal Collection Trust said.
In addition to the china collection, a range of items to please every royal collector have also gone on sale. This includes everything from sweets, cotton tea towels, and rose and almond biscuits to shortbread, a tea caddy, and a corgi hanging decoration.
The pieces range from £5.95 to £18.95 and include the same pastel pink, white, gold, green, and blue colour scheme.
The 95th birthday range can be purchased at www.rct.uk/shop or in Royal Collection Trust shops when non-essential shops reopen in England and Scotland. These include the shops at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
All profits from the sales of The Queen’s official 95th birthday merchandise will support the Royal Collection Trust, which cares for and conserves the Royal Collection. The Trust, which is a registered charity, manages the public openings of Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Royal Mews, Clarence House, and Frogmore House.