In this unique commemorative Jubilee mug Her ‘Herdy’ Majesty is depicted in the gown the Queen wore at the Coronation ceremony, Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. The outfit is completed with a silk velvet robe, ceremonial orb and sceptre, and the St Edward’s Crown.
The opulent satin gown was designed by the celebrated royal dressmaker, Sir Norman Hartnell. The cropped sleeve gown was delicately hand embroidered with both gold and silver threads, encrusted with pearls, sequins and crystals.
Hartwell famously submitted nine different designs to the Queen before the final gown was chosen.
A floral tribute to the Commonwealth
In early discussions with Sir Norman, the Queen requested floral emblems of each of the four UK nations to be included. The English Rose, Scottish Thistle, Irish clover and the Welsh Leek were all intricately incorporated into the design. It’s reported that Sir Norman had requested the daffodil to represent Wales, however, he was overruled. Sir Norman wrote about the decision “In the end, by using lovely silks and sprinkling it with the dew of diamonds, we were able to transform the earthy Leek into a vision of Cinderella charm”.
The Queen was also keen that nations of the commonwealth were represented. Emblems such as the lotus flower from Pakistan and the maple leaf from Canada were added to the design.
The Robe of Estate
This grand ceremonial robe was only worn once Princess Elizabeth had officially been crowned sovereign. The rich deep purple colour has great significance. Historically, the colour was reserved solely for Kings and Queens, due to its expense and rarity. The robe measured 6.5 metres in length and took 3500 hours to complete.
Diamonds are a Queen’s best friend
Known as the Coronation Regalia, the Queen wore a collection of the nation’s most precious treasures for the ceremony. These include the Sovereign Sceptre and Orb, which have been used at every coronation since Charles II. The Sceptre contains the Cullinan Diamond, which remains the largest, gem-quality, cut diamond ever found. Its estimated worth ranges from 40 million pounds to over 1.6 Billion.
The crowning glory of the collection is St Edward’s Crown. Dating back to 1661, the crown is symbolic of coronations, as it’s only used during the ceremony. It weighs an impressive 2.23kg and it is adorned with an abundance of precious jewels.
Herdy is immensely proud to have played a part in the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. The commemorative items we have produced stand as a memento to this very special occasion and to a remarkable woman. We hope they made ewe smile.