If royal memorabilia tends to bring to mind chipped mugs featuring faded, slightly off illustrations of Princess Di and Prince Charles, well, you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. Commemorative items haven’t exactly catered to the luxury market during previous royal milestones. But, with the Coronation of King Charles III promising to immerse the country in royal fever, Britain’s best designers, winemakers, artists and food brands have decided now is the time to step up and create pieces really worth collecting. Here’s our guide to the best Coronation gifts on the market.
The best coronation gifts for her
Looking to gift the leading lady in your life? So you should, and luckily there are plenty of presents on the market to inspire. Jewellery is most fitting for such a regal event, as royals across the world will be digging out their finest crown jewels for the Coronation. British brand Dower and Hall has launched a range of crown-inspired rings which would suit the more subtle celebrator, while those with more exuberant taste may wish to jazz up their favourite gold chain with Annoushka’s locket featuring a mini replica of the St Edward’s crown (which King Charles will wear on his Coronation) in 18ct gold featuring amethyst, emeralds and rubies.
More contemporary styles come from 886 by The Royal Mint – whose collection is made to order from an array of waste products including the gold in circuit boards and silver from used x-ray film – and features an inflated cuff, button pendant and slim cuff engraved with the date of the Coronation. Last, but definitely not least, Fabergé’s Heritage lockets pull out all the stops and are available as bespoke pieces for ultimate customisation. The 18ct yellow gold egg lockets are hand-painted with a regal red guilloché enamel, and decorated with 17 white diamonds. And, in true Fabergé style, each one contains a hidden surprise revealed at the touch of a diamond button.
The best coronation gifts for him
When it comes to men’s fashion, the devil’s in the detail, so cufflinks are always a solid gifting choice. Birmingham-based fine jewellery brand, Deakin and Francis, has launched a limited-edition collection featuring the sterling silver Coronation Emblem cufflinks. The cufflinks' floral motif is a nod to King Charles III’s passion for the natural world and the four nations, characterised by the thistle (Scotland), daffodil (Wales), shamrock (Northern Ireland) and rose (England). For an extra touch, the oval spring-back cufflinks can be personalised with engraving on the clasps too.
If his shoe collection is overdue an upgrade, look no further than Manolo Blahnik’s Eaton loafer, reminiscent of archetypal English elegance thanks to its stand-out ribbon and buckle detailing. Head to the Burlington Arcade boutique to find them updated with red and white baguette stones as part of a special coronation capsule collection.
The best coronation gifts for the home
Don't despair: the commemorative plate hasn't gone away – it's just been given a contemporary upgrade for 21st Century royal celebrations, with Britain's interior design specialists creating collections you’d be proud to display on your dinner table. First up, Daylesford has partnered with British artist Hugo Guinness to create the Hip Hip Hooray range, featuring playful illustrations which capture the fun and celebratory spirit of the coronation. We love the quintessentially-British teapot, while the quaint egg cups are adorable when paired with handmade woollen egg cosies inspired by the King and Queen Consort’s Coronation crowns.
Adding to your tea collection, Wedgwood has released a fine bone-china commemorative mug adapted from an original design by graphic artist Richard Guyatt, who designed a pint-sized Wedgwood mug for the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Halcyon Days, which holds three Royal Warrants, has designed a Gold Collection featuring plates, teacups and coasters adorned with depictions of oak leaves, acorns and the Royal cypher. If crockery isn’t your thing, Sophie James’s Coronation Candle is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Engraved with the ceremonial date, it promises hours of fresh bergamot, lemon and green mandarin fragrance.
The best coronation gifts for family celebrations
Whether you’re having a full-blown family picnic or a quiet celebration with your nearest and dearest, the Coronation definitely calls for some bubbly. We recommend Moët and Chandon’s coronation cuvée magnum – a popular choice with the royals since being granted a warrant by Queen Victoria in 1893 – and English Sparkling Wine producer Nyetimber’s limited-edition bottle of classic cuvée adorning an eye-catching design.
For foodies, Selfridges has curated a selection of hampers and gift boxes to tuck into over the long weekend, with the star of the show naturally being Selfridges Selection King’s Coronation Hamper including Earl Grey thins, Union Jack chocolates, shortbread, jams and a themed tea caddy. For wine pairings look to Berry Bros & Rudd – the UK’s oldest fine wine and spirits merchant – which has curated a limited-edition case of six wines similar to those featured on the original 1953 menu from Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, including Riesling and Pol Roger Champagne.
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