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Souvenir plate - Queen Elizabeth II

2002.0021.0085

Souvenir plate - Queen Elizabeth II

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Physical description

Souvenir white china plate with a colour photograph of the Queen wearing a white dress and blue sash. Above her is array of flags. Around the edge are small circular illustrations of castles alternated with different types of flowers. Number 477 of 1000 made by Sutherland Bone China, England, to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 21st April 1986.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 196 items. For the most part the collection consists of souvenir ware and other Royal memorabilia. Most of the material relates to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a large component devoted to Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the Queen Mother. The collection is significant from a number of perspectives. It provides material evidence of the enduring attraction of the British Royal family. It also provides an insight into the marketing of souvenir items associated with the Royals. The collection is a wonderful example of a "magnificent obsession" on the part of the collector. The collection will be of enduring significance given the ongoing debate as to whether Australia should become a republic.

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