Royal Celebration Series: 1947, a Royal wedding

In 2017, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will reach their Platinum Wedding Anniversary, celebrating 70 years of marriage.  In the last two years, Her Majesty The Queen has celebrated three hugely significant milestones. In 2015 The Queen became the Longest Reigning Monarch in British history. In 2016 she became the first British … Read more…

Royal Celebration Series: 2012, The Diamond Jubilee

Royal Celebration Series: 2012, The Diamond Jubilee

In 2017, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will have been our Queen for 65 years. She will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee. In our Royal Celebration blog series we have reviewed the events surrounding The Queen’s Accession to the throne in 1952, the celebrations for her Silver Jubilee in 1977 … Read more…

Royal Celebration Series: 1977, The Silver Jubilee

Royal Celebration Series: 1977, The Silver Jubilee

In 2017, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will have been our queen for 65 years. In reaching this milestone, she will become the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee. In a series of blog posts we’re taking a trip down memory lane, recalling key anniversaries and celebrations from The Queen’s reign. The first installment of … Read more…

Royal Celebration Series: From accession to a Sapphire Jubilee in 2017

Royal Celebration Series: From accession to a Sapphire Jubilee in 2017

2017 will complete a hat-trick of hugely significant years for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2015 The Queen became the Longest Reigning Monarch in British history. In 2016 she became the first British monarch to celebrate her 90th birthday. Now, in 2017, she will have been our Queen for 65 years, becoming the first … Read more…

Burns Night, A Scottish Celebration!

Traditionally ‘Burns Night Suppers’ are held all over the UK on or around the 25th January to celebrate the life and work of The Bard, Robert Burns. The day is often referred to as Burns Night or Robert Burns Day and falls on the day of his birth; 25th January 1759. 2014 marks the 255th Anniversary … Read more…

Part 3 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – The Coronation celebrations

In part 3 of our series of posts, the Coronation events take place and the event passes off beautifully. Royal attention turns to the people who made it happen, and official letters of thanks arrive at the Mint. (Continued from Part 2 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – The Coronation approaches, excitement builds!) For their role … Read more…

Part 2 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – The Coronation approaches, excitement builds!

In part two of our series on the events of 1953 we move into February and March, just months away from the 2nd of June Coronation date. (Continued from Part 1 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – preparing for the Queen’s Coronation) Lots of things started happening across the Mint. We’ll leave you to read … Read more…

Part 1 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – preparing for the Queen’s Coronation

Hidden in a dusty corner of our Museum archives sat several files of unassuming looking ‘Internal Office Notes’. Dated from 1926, many of these yellowing old papers had not been read for years. With the historic events of 1953 in mind, we delved into the files. To our delight, this ‘time capsule’ of stories from inside … Read more…