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Royal Worcester China for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Updated on January 23, 2015

Royal Worcester Commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

I can't imagine a more appropriate way to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's sixty years on the British throne than with a piece from the Royal Worcester Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Plate

The museum of Royal Worcester on Severn Street, by Andrew Darge [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The museum of Royal Worcester on Severn Street, by Andrew Darge [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Story of Royal Worcester

www.royalworcester.co.uk

Royal Worcester traces its history back to the mid-18th century, when founders Dr John Wall and William Davis began to experiment with methods to produce fine porcelain - a product that had previously been imported from the Far East and that only the very wealthy could afford to own. They rounded up a dozen investors and in 1751 set up The Worcester Tonquin Manufactory on the banks of the Severn river in Worcester, UK.

In 1789, King George III awarded the company a Royal Warrant, giving the company the privilege of producing porcelain for the royal family. Royal Warrants were also issued by the Prince of Wales, in 1807,and the Princess of Wales, in 1808. After a bit of a shaky period during the mid-1800s, Worcester Royal Porcelain regained its international reputation for the quality and beauty of its products during the Victorian era, as new decorative techniques such as printing on china were developed in Worcester.

More than 250 years after its establishment and having survived a number of hits to the luxury market, Royal Worcester, now part of the Portmeirion Group and located in Staffordshire, continues to produce some of the world's finest porcelain and is still in service to the crown, by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Diamond Jubilee Plate - Royal Worcester

Full List of Pieces in Royal Worcester's Diamond Jubilee Collection

Wheelers Luxury Gifts of Leicestershire, UK, carries the full line of Royal Worcester Diamond Jubilee commemorative china and will ship worldwide, as does Goviers of Sidmouth, Devon, UK, specialists in royal commemoratives - among other fine retailers. In the Diamond Jubilee Royal Worcester line, you'll find the following pieces, here listed with current retail prices in pounds sterling. Prices may be subject to change.

  • Tea Caddy Limited Edition 1000 (£150)
  • Tea Cup and Saucer (£45)
  • Round Hinged Box (£50)
  • Lion Head Vase Limited Edition 250 (£425)
  • Coupe Plate (£37.50)
  • Round Tray (£25)
  • Tankard (£32.50)
  • Mug (£15)

Worcester Porcelain Museum - Great Travel Destination for Royal Worcester China Collectors

Royal Worcester factory museum, before 1900
Royal Worcester factory museum, before 1900 | Source

The former Severn Street factory of Royal Worcester - occupied by the company for 160 years - is now the site of the Worcester Porcelain Museum, owned and operated by the Dyson Perrins Museum Trust. It boasts the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world, including some items dating back to the company's formation in 1751 and an especially impressive collection of Victorian-era pieces.

Visit the museum's website at www.worcesterporcelainmuseum.org.uk for a comprehensive history of this iconic company, and more information about the museum's programs and collections.

Are you a china collector? - How will you commemorate the Diamond Jubilee?

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I don't have any China, but these pieces are lovely!

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      audrey07 

      5 years ago

      No, I'm not a collector. But for those who are, I think this is one that can't be missed. 60 years on the throne - amazing!

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      microfarmproject 

      6 years ago

      This is lovely china and I enjoyed reading about it. Thank you!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I do love beautiful china and this Royal Worcester Diamond Jubilee collection of fine china is gorgeous.

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      YourFirstTime 

      6 years ago

      I had a small China collection at one time. Really nice selections here.

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      jolou 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I love china. Am looking forward to watching the Jubilee events on TV in June.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I have quite a few pieces of china. But I enjoy looking at any china, any time any place. There are so many beautiful designs.

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, ShirleySunshine, that's very kind of you. :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Really nice Lens, I'm adding a link on my Jubilee Lens. Royal Worcester china is just gorgeous!

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      What beautiful china - thank you for sharing!

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      These pieces are so beautiful!

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