The royal red carpet is about to be rolled out for Queen Elizabeth as she becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
On September 9, the 89-year-old royal will take the record that was previously held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, after 63 years.
And in true English fashion, the momentous occasion is being celebrated with an official range of commemorative china. (A special exhibit of photographs will also be unveiled to celebrate the momentous occasion.)
Inspired by the blue and gold designs used for the Queen’s original coronation program from June 2, 1953, the line of china was produced for the Royal Collection Trust and includes a 10-inch commemorative plate for $101, a pillbox at $45.50 and a tankard for $61.
Each item features the royal coat of arms and is decorated with the words “HM Queen Elizabeth II – Our Longest Reigning Monarch.” Other items will be added to the collection at a later date.
The Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey when she was 26 years old.
Along with her husband, Prince Philip, she was driven from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the Gold State Coach, which was pulled by eight horses, according to the official website of the British Monarchy. (The same coach has been used by the Queen twice since her coronation – at the Silver and Golden Jubilees.)
An all-white bouquet comprised of flowers from around Great Britain, including orchids, lilies-of-the-valley, stephanotis and carnations, was presented to the Queen to take with her on the drive.
Her coronation dress was made of white satin embroidered with the emblems of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. She wore the dress a total of six times – for receptions at the palace and various openings of parliament around the world – up until 1957.
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The service descended directly from that of King Edgar at Bath in 973 and lasted almost three hours.
The Royal Mint is also getting in on the celebration. To mark the special occasion, it will unveil a fine silver face coin, which is valued around $30. The commemorative coin reflects the Queen’s journey from her coronation to the position she holds today. The coin’s design features five different portraits of the monarch, which have already appeared on U.K. coins.
“I wanted my design to convey how Queen Elizabeth II has matured on the face of a coin, just like Queen Victoria did,” Royal Mint designer Stephen Taylor said.
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