Celebrate the Glorious 60-year Reign of Queen Elizabeth II
The 2012 Diamond Jubilee marks the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne following her father King George VI’s untimely death on the 6th February 1952, also known as Accession Day. It was more than a year before the Coronation could be arranged and this took place on the 2nd June 1953 in Westminster Abbey.
Her Majesty has enjoyed a groundbreaking reign over the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Barbados, the Solomon Islands and many more independent Commonwealth realms.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on the 21st April 1926 in Mayfair, London, to Prince Albert, Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth. In November 1947, Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark and the marriage was followed by the births of Prince Charles in 1948, Princess Anne in 1950, Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964.
Elizabeth was forced into the direct line for the throne when her uncle King Edward VIII renounced the throne and abdicated so that he could marry divorcee Wallis Simpson. Her father George VI became king in 1936, changing the line of succession.
Throughout Great Britain and the Commonwealth this year, there will be celebrations centred around an extended Bank Holiday weekend from the 2nd-5th June. People will be celebrating with street parties, concerts, lunches and pageants.
Thousands of beacons will be lit around the world on the 4th June, dancers, musicians, military and equestrian displays will come together for three nights of events in the private grounds of Windsor Castle and the River Thames is hosting one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. A thousand boats will be led by the spectacular Royal Barge which has been designed for the Diamond Jubilee.
The Commonwealth has never seen a celebration of this scale before and is set to be a truly memorable and historic event which will be seen and celebrated throughout the world.
With events, commemorative products and television programmes all focusing on this unusual and historic celebration, we can all be a part of it! The Uber team has gathered together suggestions for ways you can mark the occasion with traditional or quirky gifts for young and old.
Patriotic and practical
What could be patriotic than this comfy ottoman from Graham & Green! There's an extra incentive to buy British this year, see our selection of shoemakers
Follow the Royal lead
The Queen's love of Scotland is well known. Discover the country's beauty during a hotel stay or shooting holiday
Reel in something special
For an unusual commemorative gift, how about a limited edition top quality fishing reel from Hardy Bros
New & Lingwood - The Best of British Heritage
New & Lingwood is a worldwide brand recognised as one which has retained its British heritage in designing and making attire for gentlemen. The company has a range of items but is particularly famous for its shoes, shirts, dressing gowns, jackets and socks.
The brand is also one of the original outfitters to Eton College and is renowned for distinctive colours and limited edition clothing offering the discerning purchaser a stylish yet classic individuality.
Located in the heart of London on Jermyn Street and at Eton, New & Lingwood has boasted a passion for exceptional clothing since 1865 when Elizabeth New and Samuel Lingwood established the business. The company has remained true to its original ethos of unsurpassed quality and truly exceptional personal service.
Using British wools and cottons from some of the longest standing mills alongside traditional UK shoemakers, the company places quality at the forefront of every cut of leather and every stitch to a seam.
This is the exceptional standard which firmly places New & Lingwood as a company which celebrates Britain and those who wish to remain quintessentially part of its heritage. To recognise the Diamond Jubilee with classic style and panache, it is possible to purchase a pair of socks from New & Lingwood with ER embroidered into the knit.
For more information visit: www.newandlingwood.com
Telephone: 0207 493 9621
53 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LX
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
Sixty years of history in a bottle
Johnnie Walker & Sons has produced a Diamond Jubilee whisky, selling at £100,000 a bottle (pictured right). The blend of grain and malt whiskies all dating from 1952 was finished in casks made of Sandringham Estate oak before being bottled into 60 diamond-shaped decanters on Feb 6th 2012. This limited edition is being offered to known collectors of rare whiskies - with one bottle going to The Queen herself - so it will be difficult to buy on the open market. But you can still toast Her Majesty with other flavourful whiskies from top brands. Better stick to traditional Scotch though and not let foreign invaders in or you could be off to The Tower!
To commemorate this wonderful and historical event, businesses throughout the UK have been busy at work creating spectacular and imaginative products that we can buy and treasure forever. Many of us have some of these mementoes from the previous 1977 Silver and 2002 Golden Jubilee celebrations which have taken place such as mugs, coins, plates, stamps and vases.
Why not buy your children or grandchildren a memento from this special day which they can treasure and pass down through the future generations to come.
For a traditional gift why not invest in a piece of china from the official commemorative range such as an 18th century inspired design English teapot at £250 limited to 500 pieces or a tea caddy at £175 limited to 1000 pieces. Other options include china loving cups, beakers, paperweights, jars and tankards.
A new life in a momentous year
Is there a new a baby being born into the family this year? What a wonderful gift a Steiff Bear would make.
Danbury Mint's exclusive Steiff Diamond Jubilee Bear is in cream with a regal purple nose and embroidery on the feet giving the dates of The Queen's reign so far. It also sports a purple ribbon holding a gold-plated medallion featuring a profile of the young Queen and set with a genuine diamond.
Peter Jones China's limited edition Steiff Jubilee Bear is called Elizabeth and is made from long wavy mohair. Elizabeth wears a royal blue and silver edged ribbon bow which has a silver plated pendant edged with 14 tiny Swarovski crystals. Her paws feature King Edward’s crown on one foot and EIIR on the other.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
An official medal has been commissioned to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Individuals in the armed forces, emergency services, prison service personnel and members of the Royal Household who had achieved at least five years of service by February 6th, 2012 are among those eligible to wear it. The medal has been designed to celebrate the commitment, loyalty and faithfulness in which the Queen has led the country over the past 60 years and is given by her as a mark of gratitude to those who give so much in the name of society and public service.