Keep on commemorating Her Majesty’s reign
The Olympics might be long gone but do not fear, there are still plenty of excuses for street parties and family gatherings this year to celebrate our wonderful nation. This summer we’ll witness not only the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation at Westminster Abbey but also the birth of the future King or Queen of the United Kingdom, so there’s still strong demand for British-designed and made products.
If you’re a traditionalist at heart there are plenty of commemorative gifts which will help you treasure the special day for evermore, including official china from The Royal Collection, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Worcester. You can choose from a selection of plates, mugs and pillboxes, all featuring the royal coat of arms, embellished with thistle, rose and shamrock motifs and gold leaf highlights.
For those of you who prefer the more modern twist you might like the Crowning Glory mug or tea towel; or how about an Emma Bridgewater mug decorated with a handwritten 'Long Live the Queen'? They’re both made in the UK.
For the sweet-toothed patriots among you, a box of chocolates from the House of Dorchester may not last long but a biscuit tin from Emma Bridgewater can be used again long after the contents have been munched. For some posh chocs, there are gorgeous truffles from Royal Warrant holders. Charbonnel et Walker. I love their top hat! If you're more the savoury type why not raise a toast with the Edinburgh Preserves. Whisky Cask and Farmhouse Pate set - ideal for Balmoral.
I'm planning to relive last year’s unforgettable year by holding a tea party to commemorate the coronation with the help of some suitably royal party ware from Talking Tables. There are plates, fairy cake cases and flags and decorations to make a cake fit for Her Majesty herself. However, I think the Racing Royals might just steal the show in terms of party entertainment!
Even if you're not planning a party you can still show your national pride by supporting British designers and makers. I love the nostalgic design of Gillian Kyle's mugs and tea towels that remind me of my childhood favourite treats - Tunnock's Caramel and Teacakes. I’ve never grown out of them! Alternatively if you prefer a quiet day inside why not try the Our Royal Family 1000-piece jigsaw featuring images of The Queen throughout her reign to keep you busy.
Here’s to another right royal summer.