No one likes a souvenir more than I do, I assure you. I like to buy the Union Flag on the stick. I like the souvenir tea cup and saucer. I certainly collect the First Day Covers for royal events. I have key chains, flash lights, post cards, on and on like everyone else. But, for major events like coronations, royal weddings, and the Diamond Jubilee, I want something “grander” to pass down to my future generations like my ancestors did for me. The Palace has just released a new plate called the Duke of York Service. The large part of the service is in the Royal Collection and can be seen in the Porcelain Room at Windsor Castle. The portion of the service was given to King George V and Queen Mary, once the Duke and Duchess of York at the time of their marriage in 1883. The service was made for King William IV when Duke of Clarence in 1830. I have known this royal service for many years and have admired it at Windsor. The Palace has had the service copied by the Staffordshire potters for the Queen Gallery Gift Shop. One hundred and fifty pounds seems to me a very fair price, and I suggest this is a souvenir of your visit worth keeping for a very long time–long after the post card has faded and the tea cup has tumbled into pieces. It is stunning. I can’t wait to buy six of them for our luncheon room at home, and there will be lots of comments and fun conversation about them. By all means, visit the Gift Shop at the Queen’s Gallery. You will enjoy it.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918