Memorabilia from the Queen’s coronation in 1953 lives on in many houses in Britain. I can clearly remember visiting my own great-grandmother and spending the entire car journey down trying to decide whether to drink my hot chocolate out of a coronation mug or a Charles and Diana one. Which means it is probably worth buying something nice ahead of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations this June, as a small person may well be transfixed by them in years to come.
It’s important to buy the right souvenires, though. As anyone who has walked into a British tourist shop will know, royal memorabilia can run the full gamut from naff to really rather lovely (and quite valuable). This year, brands seem to be moving beyond the traditional tea towel and are releasing watches, scarves and lovely lockets that reference the jubilee without veering too deep into Union Jack territory.
Outside of mugs and teapots – which are produced in their millions – the key is to find pieces that celebrate the Queen and her reign, but which can be enjoyed long after the jubilee celebrations are over. Luckily, heritage design is all the rage right now – meaning there is plenty on offer.
A quick note: you may find that some of the best items below are not available on a given day. Interest in platinum jubilee souvenirs is so high that many of the most sought-after products sell out immediately, only to be restocked later, so it’s always worth checking again. The Royal Collection and The Royal Mint have an “email me when back in stock” option on sold-out items.