The Queen was just 25 years old when she ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952… and she’s been there ever since. She is the first British Monarch to reign for 70 years, an incredible feat that’s well worth hanging up the bunting for and perhaps buying a Platinum Jubilee souvenir or two!
There are oodles of events taking place to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from pageants and parades to picnics and even a Drag Queen Bingo (family-friendly of course). You can see our top picks of the events and activities taking place over the four-day Jubilee weekend here.
And in case you need reminding of when the party is taking place, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022 (yes, that means an extra long bank holiday weekend!).
The best Platinum Jubilee memorabilia
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Given that the Platinum Jubilee really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you might want to pick up a memento or two to help commemorate the occasion – I still remember my own nanna buying Charles and Diana bone china cups for me and my siblings when they the duo got married.
But of course, if themed mugs and tea towels are not your thing then there are plenty of other souvenirs on offer, plus hampers and decorations to help you celebrate the big day.
By the way, children at a state-funded primary schools across the UK are being given a book all about The Queen. Children across the United Kingdom are being gifted The Queen Elizabeth: A Platinum Jubilee Celebration, as a keepsake to mark the momentous occasion.
Famous quotes from The Queen along with details of significant figures from across the Commonwealth, including Nelson Mandela, will be featured in the commemorative book as well as a time line of Queen Elizabeth’s life and facts about the coronation ceremony. If you left school a little while ago then don’t worry, the book is also available on Amazon.
We’ve put together a list of the best Platinum Jubilee memorabilia for all the family but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, try these souvenirs from London instead.
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The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has a range of commemorative coins available, all designed to celebrate an incredible 70 years of service by Her Majesty the Queen.
Top of the range are the Half-Sovereign and Sovereign Set of coins that feature year-dated Bullion half-sovereigns and sovereigns for The Queen’s Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee years.
If you don’t have £1,000s to spend, however, the good news is that the Royal Mint has a 50p commemorative coin available for £7.00 as well as a £5 coin available for £10. These make great gifts for children.
How Majestic Swatch Watch
This limited edition watch from Swatch is absolutely charming. The clear dial of the watch features 70 gold-coloured dots to mark 70th anniversary of The Queen’s reign. The centrepiece is the colour-changing calendar wheel that changes the Queen’s outfit colour daily. You’ll also find one of The Queen’s trusty corgis by her side.
Platinum Jubilee Celebration Hamper from M&S
This summer hamper from Marks & Spencer is packed full of sausage rolls, pork pies, crispy cheese crackers, and Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar Mini rolls. The hamper also comes with Jubilee bunting, napkins and paper plates.
Royal Arms Platinum Jubilee Kids’ T-shirt from Marcel the Corgi
Probably the most famous Corgi on Instagram, Marcel has collaborated with To Home From London to create a range of gifts to mark the Platinum Jubilee. There are lots to choose from including, yes, tea towels and mugs, but these t-shirts for kids are our favourites.
Jubilee gifts from Cath Kidston
Although a traditional tea towel might not your float your boat, I can guarantee that you’ll love these Jubilee-themed ones from Cath Kidston. The charming print features a hand-painted print portrait of Her Majesty surrounded by the Royal Crown and jewels, with a gilded grosgrain ribbon showing the year of her coronation and framed by the Union Jack.
Also on offer are limited edition mugs, side plates (perfect for afternoon tea!) and an apron. Teens might like the Jubilee Corgi Frill Wristlet Pouch or the Jubilee Queen Placement Frill Tote.
Jubilee T-shirts for kids
Ok, so these might not become an heirloom but they will look good at any street parties that you might go to! Next have a charming range of Jubilee-themed children’s wear including this t-shirt and matching leggings. We’re also fond of this Corgi-themed t-shirt.
Mini Corgi Cross Stitch Kit
This Corgi Cross Stitch Kit from John Lewis is a very cute gift for kids. As well as a fun way to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee it also gets them off screens and trying a new craft project. Win, win!
Make your own Bunting
Another fun craft idea for kids is this make your own Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Mini Bunting. Cut the felt and stitch the individual triangles with corgis, crowns and flags and get ready to party!
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medium Shallow Tin
Queen of eye-catching, elegant crockery Emma Bridgewater, has launched her own collection of items to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. We’re fans of this tin that could be used for storing biscuits and then used for, well, anything really. From treasures picked up on nature walks to coloured pencils.
Platinum Jubilee Gifts from Biscuiteers
You can always rely on the Biscuiteers to create beautiful themed biscuits and the Jubilee is no exception. Their Buckingham Palace X Biscuiteers Platinum Jubilee tin of biscuits has been designed in collaboration with Buckingham Palace so comes with a royal seal of approval.
There are 15 lemon biscuits inside shaped as corgis, carriages and crowns.
There are also Platinum Jubilee macarons, Corgi biscuits and biscuits shaped like London Beefeaters.
There Once is a Queen book
Sir Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best loved children’s authors, has written this poetic celebration of The Queen. The story follows the timeline of Queen Elizabeth from little girl to serving monarch accompanied by beautiful illustrations by acclaimed artist Michael Foreman. The book is also available to buy on Amazon.
The Jubilee Celebration Hamper
Get the party started with this hamper from afternoon tea experts Fortnum & Mason. Admittedly, this isn’t much of a keepsake as there’s unlikely to be anything left once you open the Jubilee Celebration Hamper but it’s the perfect thing for celebrating the occasion as a family and comes packed with treats including tea, biscuits, champagne, coffee, jam, honey and more.
Platinum Jubilee Charlie Mackesy T-Shirt
Artist, author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, who created the wonderful book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, has created a special Platinum Jubilee T-shirt featuring the boy and the mole alongside a hart-shaped Union Jack and the words “Thank you Ma’am”.
Platinum Jubilee The Queen: 70 Glorious Years Official Souvenir Album
This one is definitely a keeper. The official souvenir publication celebrates the life and service of The Queen through photographs. Each picture is accompanied by quotes from speeches given by Her Majesty over the years including her first televised Christmas Day broadcast in 1957.
Barbie Signature Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee doll
Mattel unveiled their tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in April, a collectible doll of The Queen herself to mark the 70th year on the throne. Dressed in an elegant white ivory gown and blue ribband adorned with decorations of order, the doll sold out quickly. Register for updates on Amazon.
God Save The Queen 2022 Platinum Jubilee Print
This fun print by Eleanor Bowmer is the perfect accessory to any Jubilee street – or kitchen – party!