Official chinaware to commemorate Queen’s 95th birthday goes on sale

Laura Parnaby, PA
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Official chinaware with a pink rose design inspired by those at Windsor Castle has gone on sale to celebrate the Queen’s forthcoming birthday.

The commemorative range, which includes teacups and saucers complete with handmade 22-carat gold features, is available to buy from Saturday, ahead of the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21.

Other items, including a cotton tea towel, a corgi decoration and tins of shortbread, are also available for purchase from the Royal Collection Trust.

The chinaware range comprises celebratory mugs, tankards and side plates bearing the Royal coat of arms and national emblems of the United Kingdom including shamrocks and thistles.

A side plate from the official range of china to celebrate the Queen's 95th birthday
A side plate from the official range of china to celebrate the Queen’s 95th birthday (Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021?PA)

The pink, floral design draws inspiration from the roses growing in the East Terrace Garden at the Queen’s home, and the delicate partridge-eye outline patterning is based on the Sevres porcelain in the Royal Collection.

Items will range in price from the teacups and saucers at £65.00 to tea towels, tea caddies, and rose and almond biscuit sets at £9.95 each.

Each item of chinaware has been handmade in Stoke-on-Trent using methods which have remained unchanged for 250 years, and the tea towels were printed in Northern Ireland.

The sweet treats have been made across the UK: including Scottish shortbread, confectionary from Sheffield, and biscuits from Lancashire.

Tea cup and saucer from the official range of china
Tea cup and saucer from the official range of china (Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021/PA)

From the development of initial designs and individual moulds to the manufacture of the special packaging, the production process has involved 50 craftspeople from several English Potteries factories.

All profits from sales will go to the Royal Collection Trust charity.

The china can be purchased online from www.rct.uk/shop, and will also be sold in Royal Collection Trust shops at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, and at Royal Collection Trust shops when non-essential retailers reopen in England and Scotland.