The U.K.’s Most Beautiful, Appropriate And Collectable Jubilee Gifts
Small, sweet and delightfully crafty, John Lewis – a department store which holds a cherished place in British hearts – has this Make Arcade craft kit among its jubilee offerings with all the ingredients needed to create a crown, a sparkly flag and a toy corgi, for £18.
The Royal Collection Trust, part of the organization which manages the British Royal Palaces still owned by the Crown, has a special collection of products for the Jubilee. Its collaboration with Radley has resulted in this £209 crossbody bag, stitched through with humor, soldiers wearing bearskin hats and depiction of Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty’s own bags are made by the redoubtable Launer firm, founded by Sam Launer who emigrated from Czechoslovakia in World War II. Still made by hand in Walsall, it’s estimated that the Queen now owns about 300 Launer bags, including those originally bought by her mother.
Awarded a Royal Warrant in 1950, this year, the company’s Jubilee handbag, based on a 1972 design, comes in eight colors, but the runaway success is the purple version, retailing at £2,500 with a double handle, leather-bound mirror and gold-plated logo.
Silk scarves have been part of the iconography of Queen Elizabeth II for over 70 years. Holland Cooper – based in Gloucestershire – pays tribute to the monarch’s abiding love of horses and racing with this silk version, hand-rolled and made in England, costing £149.
Food hampers, with all their multitude of treats, are a quintessentially British gift. Fortnum & Masons, with a Royal Warrant has a delightful collection, including the Happy and Glorious hamper with over twenty products in collectible tins, including the Jubilee tea blend in a tea caddy, a china plate and special tea towel for £450.
Selfridges also has a collection of hampers to celebrate, but also a delightful toy Keel corgi dog for £17, referencing the Queen’s devotion to the breed.
Champagne house Moet & Chandon, with a Royal Warrant since 1883, has produced a special Platinum cuvee (£43), a tradition that the company has followed with British coronations and jubilees, a blend of pinot noir, meunier and chardonnay grapes.
At the age of 96, on doctor’s orders, the Queen may have recently given up her daily dry martini but the Cotswold Distillery has produced this Jubilee blend, with notes of strawberry, raspberry and pink pepper, and designed for summer drinking. It’s available through – the suitably regally named – Majestic.
For something a little edgier, Solovair has produced a special version of its Gibson shoe. Solovair, based in England’s shoe-making district of Northamptonshire since 1881 was responsible for the cult Dr Martens sole.
With a whiff of the punk (and Silver Jubilee) summer of 1977, the upper comes in a Union Flag design and it costs £179. London’s newest tube line – the Elizabeth opened in May 2022, just in time for the Jubilee. The London Transport Museum has furniture, including the Chiswick footstool for £450 in the tube line’s distinctive and purple moquette.
Wolf & Badger is also injecting humor into its Jubilee offerings, including these slippers, which the Queen, after re-emerging in public for a series of events recently, might just be dying to get her feet into by evening. They cost £45.