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Souvenir coffee cup - for the cancelled royal visit to Australia, 1949

2002.0021.0138

Souvenir coffee cup - for the cancelled royal visit to Australia, 1949

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Physical description

Souvenir cream coloured coffee cup printed with a blue design and gold trim. 'Australia New Zealand - Long May They Reign 1949; To Commemorate the Visit of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth'. On the back it has an image titled 'HRH Princess Margaret'. Made in England by Sadler.

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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