Feature Jubilee Exhibition at Morpeth Gallery
‘60 Years A Queen’
Collectors of all things royal are in for a special treat this year,
as the world celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of
Queen Elizabeth II.
Whether you are a royalist, monarchist or a republican, there is no denying that reigning 60 years on the throne is quite an achievement.
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the planned international celebration in 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. Queen Victoria in 1897 is thus far the only other monarch in the histories of Britain, Canada, and a few other Commonwealth realms to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.
On the morning of 2nd June 1953, three million people lined the streets between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to witness the process of the Gold Stage Coach. Millions more crowded around newly bought television sets to watch the investiture of Britain’s youngest sovereign since Queen Victoria. For many the Coronation represented the beginning of a new age.
This year in the United Kingdom, every town & city is celebrating, with shop window displays featuring memorabilia & collectibles on every street corner. Manager of Campbell’s Store, Kylie Richards, travelled to the UK in March and it was hard not to get caught up in ‘royal fever’. The Jump to: navigation, searchVictoria & Albert Museum and Windsor Castle, are just two destinations where visitors in 2012 are being treated to special photographic exhibitions and memorabilia on the extraordinary accomplishments of Queen Elizabeth.
The decision was made to create a feature jubilee exhibition at Morpeth Gallery, incorporating many of the limited edition Jubilee ranges created by England & the UK’s leading pottery houses. For example, Buckingham Palace commissioned a special fine bone china commemorative tea set, which was released by in a limited edition of just 1,000 pieces and most items sold out worldwide by March.
Morpeth Gallery has a few of these special edition items on display and for sale, along with items produced by the cream of the UK’s pottery houses – Royal Worcester, Spode, Sadler, Churchill & Caverswall. Gold gilded teapots, cups and saucers, banquet plates, tea caddies, tins of shortbread, mints, teatowels, gold plated spoons, playing cards and postcards abound.
Make a toast to Queen Elizabeth II with a pair of Dartington Crystal commemorative champagne flutes, and read all about the Queen’s extraordinary life and career in a Jubilee souvenir edition hardcover book, illustrated with photographs of magnificent evening gowns, spectacular jewellery, state gifts and documents from the Royal archives.
Other special items in the Gallery display include three beautiful replicas of brooches that belong to Queen Elizabeth. Featuring Swarovski Crystals there’s a reproduction of her royal crown. A colourful flower basket brooch, which was given to Queen Elizabeth II to mark the occasion of the birth of her first child Prince Charles by her mother and father, and the Lover’s Knot, which looks like a bow, created for and owned by Queen Victoria, it was worn by Queen Elizabeth II at the wedding of her grandson Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
You’ll discover more Diamond Jubilee memorabilia & collectibles at:
Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green Street, Morpeth NSW 2321.
Ph 02 4933 1407 www.campbellsstoremorpeth.com
Contact: Kylie Richards.