First World War commemorations continue with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

It was on 1 July 1916, one hundred years ago, that one of history’s deadliest battles would begin. The Battle of the Somme is considered to be one of the bloodiest battles in military history. In total the battle spanned 141 days – ending on 18 November 1916 – and saw the British Army alone suffer more than 400,000 casualties. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Britain prepares to remember the sacrifices made as the First World War centenary commemorations, which began in 2014, continue.

As part of the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, our First World War commemorative coin series continues with a new coin issue.

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The 90th birthday festivities continue with The Queen’s official birthday

This weekend the nation continues the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, this time marking The Queen’s official birthday on Saturday 11 June. Ever since the seventeenth century it has been tradition to mark the monarch’s birthday on a day other than their actual birthday, should it fall outside of summer months. So, with The Queen’s actual birthday falling on 21 April, we celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday on a Saturday in June. From traditional celebrations, such as Trooping the Colour, to the fanfare and festivities of street parties and events, the official birthday celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday are sure to stretch far and wide as the nation celebrates Her Majesty’s personal milestone.

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England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup™ win celebrated with commemorative coin

In little over a week’s time, football will once again take over our televisions and newspapers. From 10 June to 10 July, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be competing at Euro 2016 in France, 50 years since a team from the ‘home nations’ last won a major trophy at the 1966 World Cup. Yesterday, the England football team played its final friendly before Euro 2016, against Portugal at Wembley Stadium, and a rather special coin was used to kick off proceedings…

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The doors to The Royal Mint Experience are now open!

It’s been more than three years in the planning and making, but finally the doors to The Royal Mint Experience are open! Wednesday marked a true milestone in Royal Mint history, as we finally opened the doors and welcomed some of our first guests into the new, purpose built, visitor attraction at our site here in Llantrisant, South Wales. Far from the rare tours of the past, with a purpose built attraction and exhibition, as the name suggests, The Royal Mint Experience promises to be so much more. We were there on Wednesday, as we welcomed the first guests, to find out more and give you a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside…

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A year in the making…

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We won! The Royal Mint blog was voted the ‘Best Storyteller’ Company at the 2016 UK Blog Awards

A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for The Royal Mint blog in the 2016 UK Blog Awards. We’re delighted to tell you that, having been shortlisted for both the ‘Arts and Culture’ and ‘Best Storyteller’ categories, we were awarded the ‘Best Storyteller’ Company award at a ceremony in London last week. Whether it’s old coin … Read more

Guest Blog, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Who was William Shakespeare?

This year marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and, to celebrate his enduring legacy, three UK £2 coins have been released. This month, on the anniversary of his birth, we celebrate a poet, playwright, actor and literary great, whose legacy has not only survived but thrived for 400 years. From his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, that in itself is a celebration of his works, life and times, to a nation that still study, appreciate and enjoy his work, William Shakespeare’s legacy is unrivaled and its influence unquestionable.

In this blog post, the first in a series written by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for The Royal Mint blog, we find out more about William Shakespeare the man, where he was from, his family and his life.

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William Shakespeare’s birthplace

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Discover Shakespeare, Behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company Prop Department

This weekend the United Kingdom will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of perhaps one of the greatest playwrights that has ever lived, William Shakespeare. His plays have been watched, studied and enjoyed by generations for more than 400 years. They need no introduction; Romeo and Juliet. Hamlet. Macbeth. These are just a few of the plays that have become household names. In total, William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, many of which are still performed on stages across the world today.

One organisations still bringing William Shakespeare’s plays to life in 2016 is the Royal Shakespeare Company. From the Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to their travelling shows in London, the United States and across the globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company has been bringing Shakespeare’s plays to the masses for over 50 years.

We recently visited the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon to find out more about the world of William Shakespeare’s work and plays. And, with props the main feature of the three new Shakespeare UK £2 coin designs, we spoke to Alan Fell, Head of the Props Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company, on our visit to find out more about the role props play in bringing Shakespeare’s work to life.

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