The official china range to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation
The official range of commemorative china to mark the anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation is now on sale. Inspired by the Coronation procession on 2 June 1953, the design reflects the pomp and pageantry of a grand State ceremonial occasion.
The Queen acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey the following year. On the day, some three million people lined the streets of London to watch the Coronation procession, when The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, made her way to and from Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach.
The Coronation range, made of English fine bone china, draws much of its inspiration from the processional element of the Coronation. Its rich colouring echoes the scarlet State Livery of the coachmen who drove The Queen to the Abbey in the Gold State Coach. Here, in front of 8,251 guests, including Heads of State and dignitaries from around the world, Her Majesty took the Coronation Oath. The design of the china includes the Royal Arms, which decorated the State coaches and landaus used in the procession. The china’s border is taken from the silk-damask banners of the State trumpets that heralded the moment when The Queen was crowned at the Abbey.
Made exclusively for Royal Collection Trust, the official Coronation china range is produced in Stoke-on-Trent by the same potteries that made the official ranges of commemorative china for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and for the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Handmade using methods that have remained unchanged for 250 years, each item is individually crafted, decorated and embellished with several layers of raised burnished gold, before a final layer of 22-carat gold is applied.
The range consists of eight pieces: a tankard (£39.00), a coffee mug (£25.00), a teacup and saucer (£55.00), a pillbox (£29.00), a side plate (£39.00) and a commemorative plate (£89.00). Also available are two limited editions of 1,000: a 9-inch dessert plate (£95.00) and an 11-inch charger (£175.00). All pieces come in a presentation box and are wrapped in Royal Collection Trust tissue paper. Further items, including limited editions, will be added to the range.
Nuala McGourty, Royal Collection Trust’s Retail Director, said, ‘We are delighted to be able to mark the occasion of the anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation with a range of china inspired by the splendour and pageantry of Coronation day. The range includes a number of limited- edition pieces, demand for which has grown considerably, as few English factories now make such specialist items.’
The official Coronation range can be purchased online from; www.royalcollection.org.uk/shop
It is also available from Royal Collection Trust shops in the following locations:
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
The Royal Mews
Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1A 1AA
Buckingham Palace Shop
7 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 0PP
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Image: Coronation China, Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013