Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday is a celebration of the world’s oldest reigning monarch and Britain’s longest lived. From her ascension to the throne in 1952 to the present day, the Queen has served over 64 years as head of state, longer even than her famously long reigning great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, who was on the throne for 63 years and 7 months.
Queen Elizabeth visited the Museum with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1981 to celebrate its 100th birthday, unveiling a plaque in commemoration of the centenary.
With lengthening days, intermittent showers and the creeping return of greenery to the streets, there is one thing about this time of year that we can all rejoice in: the return of spring and summer. There is no denying that warmer weather, brighter days and leafy walks to work is enough to lift anyone’s spirits, and here at the Museum we have been putting together a collection of gifts in honor of one of the most significant happenings of the season. With the distant chiming of bells in mind we have put together a collection of gifts and small favours true to the natural beauty of a very momentous occasion – and no, it’s not our recent 135th birthday either.
Life is sweet with our raspberry lolly favours
Summer is of course the season of weddings, and what better way to celebrate this beautiful event than by some small reminders of the natural splendor of the earth, incorporated into the big day. But where did wedding favours come from? And why do we still use them? Surprisingly, this centuries old tradition has quite an extensive history of it’s own!