The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is an event so rare and remarkable – she is only the second of our monarchs to reach this milestone – it deserves to be remembered for centuries to come. So to go with the happy celebrations in June, Fortnum’s has created a range of regal and colourful gifts that will be a lasting memory of this amazing year.
When we invented the range, we started, not surprisingly, with the food and drink and dreamed up some delicious things that would make a perfect addition to a Jubilee street party or summer picnic. Every item has a royal or patriotic touch; the Jubilee Strawberry Preserve is made with Royal Sovereign strawberries; the Jubilee Biscuits are made with Cornish clotted cream; the Majestic Marmalade contains diamond-shaped peel and a sprinkling of gold leaf; even the Jubilee Musical Biscuit Tin plays the National Anthem. Each item is made to a new recipe and is housed in a beautiful container that will remind you of this happy year long after the contents have gone.
As we’re on the subject of containers, it probably goes without saying that the design of our Jubilee gifts was as important to us as the contents. For this very special occasion, we created a whole new design inspired by the Queen’s Beasts, which we redesigned in jaunty colours with garlands of flowers and musical instruments. They now parade across every item in the collection, from the tea caddy to the box of truffles.
For such a major celebration, champagne is of course required, so our Jubilee Champagne now bears a commemorative label which would look very good in one’s picnic basket. In addition, you will find Jubilee Tea, coffee, truffles and cake and any amount of biscuits, all made with the occasion in mind, and we’ve even created two new marmalades to add to our considerable collection – Majestic Marmalade with its diamond-shaped peel and Consort’s Marmalade, enlivened with a nip of rose-petal-infused brandy.
For something even more substantial, our china department is now home to a collection of Jubilee china and silver, including teapots, mugs and cups and saucers decorated with our Jubilee designs. There’s also a caddy spoon, a silver-plated tea caddy and a Jubilee tea cosy as well as a collection of china pillboxes, each bearing a different Queen’s Beast.
Of course the high point of the year will be the long-awaited street party, so our Jubilee Street Party range offers all the necessary equipment, from bunting and paper cups to a decorated cake stand. For greater convenience, our Jubilee Street Party Hamper gathers all these items into a hamper and adds champagne, cake and biscuits for good measure. Of course, being Fortnum’s, we have other hampers too; the Jubilee Tea Hamper is filled with all you need for a memorable tea party, including the teapot and cups and saucers and copious quantities of Jubilee tea, cake and biscuits. Finally, the Jubilee Hamper offers the best of our Jubilee range in a single, stupendous hamper; truffles and tea rub shoulders with champagne and cake in a regal collection that is a fitting accompaniment to this tremendous occasion.