With a reign that has lasted for more than 63 years, The Queen will eclipse the record set by her indomitable great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, whose time on the throne defined the era that took her name.
The reign of our present Queen has witnessed historic events and great developments that rival and even exceed those of the Victorian era. When the 25-year-old Elizabeth received the news of the death of her father, King George VI, in February 1952 during her visit to Kenya, she cannot have foreseen the dramatic progress and the astonishing changes that would affect the lives of her subjects, and indeed of herself, during her time as monarch. Yet there is one thing that has remained constant: the regal dignity of The Queen herself, whether in times of tragedy or at moments of celebration such as her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees or the London Olympic Games of 2012.
To commemorate this wonderful achievement, and in celebration of the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Bronte Porcelain has created an exquisite new collection of limited edition pieces inspired by the memorable events and occasions of those 63 years, and indeed by The Queen herself.
The collection includes a cylinder vase, a comport, a trinket box and a set of framed plaques, all crafted in fine bone china and painted entirely by hand. At the heart of many of the designs is the beautiful pink Queen Elizabeth II floribunda rose, named after The Queen on her coronation day in 1953, and featured on the vase, comport and trinket box. The comport also features seven other colourful roses, each of them inspired by one of the decades of her reign, such as the Golden Jubilee, Princess Anne and Princess Diana roses.
The six framed plaques, meanwhile, each depict a building associated with The Queen, and in particular with an event in each of those decades. For instance, Tower Bridge is shown with the red, white and blue colour scheme that was introduced in 1977 for her Silver Jubilee, while Buckingham Palace is depicted during the flypast of the Red Arrows display team during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of 2002.
All of the pieces are limited editions of just 25 pieces, with the exception of the trinket box, which is a limited edition of 63 in celebration of The Queen’s years on the throne. We are delighted to commemorate this historic moment in royal history, an achievement that is unlikely ever to be matched. For more information on this historic collection please click here.