The Queen recently turned 96 and the anniversary will soon be followed by a four-day Jubilee weekend in June, marking Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
Being Britain’s longest-serving monarch since 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will be the first royal to reach the landmark – which means there’s plenty to cheer about.
The bank holiday weekend will take place June 2-5 and many of us will be commemorating the occasion with souvenirs and merchandise.
Apart from the mugs and fridge magnets found in royal tourist shops, there are a host of products to mark the occasion – from silk scarves and cool picnic bags in fun prints, tea towels and even an immortalization of Barbie.
Memorabilia from the 1953 coronation have since become family heirlooms and if you’re looking for an item that will be treasured for years to come, we’ve rounded up some of the best memorabilia to buy ahead of the jubilee.
Cath Kidston Jubilee Queen placement made in England side plate: £15, Cathkidston.com
From a brand loved for its quaint designs and floral prints, this pretty Cath Kidston side plate puts its own spin on the Queen’s 70-year reign, featuring an illustration of Her Majesty, a motif of the Jewels of the crown and his years with the crown. Whether you plan to display it on the wall or use it at a dinner party, it looks like a lovely keepsake. It is also dishwasher and microwave safe, which is convenient.
Glistening like the crown jewels, these Jubilee-themed frozen delights and treats, courtesy of donut artist Krispy Kreme, mean you can rejoice throughout the long weekend. There are three royal designs nestled between glazed OGs, and each is topped with lilac, red, and blue frosting. Pop them out at your Jubilee-themed gatherings and they’ll be torn down in seconds – just be sure to save a couple or two for yourself for later.
Stretching over an Italian-made silk twill scarf, this limited-edition design of the Queen’s Guard, Prince of Wales’s Feather and more can be worn around the neck for a pop of color or introduced into your bag with a sophisticated touch. Nostalgic and dynamic, add it to your clothing collection before the long weekend.
Adorned with the crown and year of Jubilee celebrations, this timely cotton cushion is a way to incorporate Her Majesty’s reign into furnishings – place it among sofa cushions or place it at the center of a sofa. a storage bench or chest – the colors are muted enough that you can also display it happily for years to come, but it flies off the shelves, you better be quick.
Harrods Small Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Shopping Bag: £30, Harrods.com
If you’re looking to add a bit of regal glamor to your day-to-day, this navy shopper bag from Harrods definitely does the trick. The fabric is made from 65% recycled cotton and the bag has a practical magnetic closure. The design includes a crown, of course, emblazoned with a delicate pattern of the royal cipher. This limited edition accessory is a pretty and subtle nod to Her Majesty’s reign.
George at Asda jubilee royal white corgi graphic t-shirt: £15, Asda.com
It’s no secret that the Queen loves corgis, and this fun t-shirt celebrates the jubilee with an image of one wearing a miniature canine crown. Available in sizes S-XXL, the short-sleeved cotton crew neck is a commemorative buy for dog fans and royalists alike. Wave the royal flag in a white t-shirt, whether you wear it with sneakers or a tiara. Unfortunately, this royal top is out of stock, but we’ll be sure to let you know if it returns.
John Lewis & Partners Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bunting Tote Bag: £5, Johnlewis.com
This cute Jubilee themed canvas tote bag is 100% cotton and features a fairy light design. The spacious 42cm x 38cm size will be convenient for shopping, as well as carrying all your small items. Celebrate the special occasion with a royal keepsake suitable for everyday use, and you can sign up to be notified when it’s back in stock.
Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin: £7, Royalmint.com
Of course, The Royal Mint offers a range of souvenir coins for the occasion. In fact, it struck every coin in the UK with a nod to the Queen’s reign, building one of the largest coin collections to date. A central part of the collection however is the 50 pence coin, the first of its kind to celebrate a royal event, featuring a bold graphic print by design agency Osborne Ross to one side and the platinum jubilee portrait of the ‘other.
Designed by Silken Favor Creative Director Victoria Murdoch for the Platinum Jubilee, this scarf is made exclusively for Fortnum & Mason. Crafted from the softest silk, the brightly colored design depicts wild and mythical creatures including a unicorn and lion alongside bees, crowns, butterflies, roses and more. Bold and beautiful, it’s a luxurious tribute to the Queen. Sign up with your email to be notified when the scarf is back in stock.
With a limited-edition platinum-coloured bottle for the Platinum Jubilee, Whitley Neill paired the baobab tree logo alongside the Union Jack to symbolize both the brand’s British heritage and its South African inspiration. Aromas of juniper, cocoa, lemon, pepper and florals are all blended into this dry gin and, as a further nod to Her Majesty, the 500 liter pot it was distilled in at the City of London Distillery was also called Elizabeth in 2012.
Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Portrait Plaque: £13.58, Amazon.co.uk
A pretty (and affordable) keepsake to commemorate the occasion, this ceramic plate features a silver finish with a portrait of the Queen serving as the centerpiece. In the portrait, Her Majesty is shown wearing the State Diadem crown – the most recognizable of the crowns as it appears on postage stamps and coins.
Hitting the shelves in time for the holiday celebrations, M&S has released a Jubilee-themed gin liqueur that’s perfect for picnics. The strawberry flavored drink is almost too pretty to open, bottled in a globe that nods to the royal occasion with the decoration of red, white and blue streamers. Infused with locally grown strawberries, the 20% ABV liqueur balances the fresh, fruity base with subtle juniper notes; serve over ice or prepare a summer cocktail. Available in store only.
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Barbie Signature Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Doll: £224.95, Amazon.co.uk
Perhaps one of the most unexpected tributes, Mattel has unveiled a limited edition Queen Barbie doll to mark the Platinum Jubilee and celebrate our monarch’s 96th birthday. Outfitted in an elegant ivory robe, complete with a blue sash with order decorations, the royal ensemble is finished with a tiara believed to be based on Queen Mary’s fringed tiara – which is the same crown she wore for her marriage to Prince Philip.
A fun and contemporary take on royal merchandise, we love the boldness of this Eleanor Bowmer print. The blue “God Save the Queen” typology contrasts with Union Jack flags set against a bright pink background, helping to create a striking piece of wall art. The print comes unframed and is available in a range of sizes, from A4 to A1.
Elevate your jubilee picnic with the new cocktail bag from M&S. For just £50 you’ll find G+T, mojito, cosmopolitan, pina colada and bramble cans, plus limited-edition prosecco and an elderflower press. There are also anniversary napkins, paper straws and a red, white and blue striped cooler bag that will be reused for years to come.
Whether it’s a treat for yourself or a memorial gift for the tea lover in your life, this Emma Bridgewater mug makes a lovely traditional keepsake. Part of the homeware brand’s platinum jubilee range, the lion and unicorn design harkens back to 20th century royal memories – and it’s sure to be a future family heirloom. Although it’s out of stock at the moment, we’ll let you know if it returns.
If we are lucky enough to have good weather, the long bank holiday weekend in June is the perfect time to get together with family and friends for a picnic. Luckily for us, Fortnum & Mason has marked the Jubilee occasion with the launch of a very special picnic cooler bag. From scotch eggs, olives, crackers and cheeses to bottles of prosecco and platinum jubilee blend tea, this is a feast fit for a queen.
Aldi infusionist strawberry mint gin liqueur: £13.99, Aldi.co.uk
Aldi has two new limited edition Jubilee Gins, ready to toast the occasion with such a British drink, at a very reasonable price. Made from British strawberries and infused with mint and silver flakes for an added touch of royal glamour, this gin liqueur is sure to be a treat. And for those looking for something sweeter, eton mess infusionist gin liqueur (£8.99, Aldi.co.uk) is also available in stores.
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