Plans for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are in full swing. Bunting is going up, the quintessential British tea parties are being organised and the UK is looking forward to a four day weekend to mark this historic landmark.
Little surprise that there is a great deal of patriotic fervour in the country and what better way to mark our obsession with all things royal than an astonishing treasure trove auction which is a collectors’ dream.
Items include Queen Victoria’s bloomers, cake from the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles and Camilla, autographed letters and Princess Margaret’s pill box.
A 1965 portrait of the late Prince Philip by expressionist painter Feliks Topolski is expected to fetch up to £12,000 while Queen Victoria’s knickers, from the early period of her reign are expected to fetch between £5,000 and £7,000.
QUEEN VICTORIA’S BLOOMERS
In French lawn linen, reaching almost to the knee, 30″ waist with drawstring, with a 3/4 inch flounce and three smaller ones at the legs, small embroidered monogram on waistband of crowned ‘VR’ and ’19’, length 28″, c. 1840.
These knickers must have come from the early part of the Queen’s reign and they have a very small waist.
£5,000 – £7,000
SLICE OF CAKE FROM THE WEDDING OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
Sweet tooth anyone? Not sure how tasty it will be after 11 years but at piece of cake from William and Kate’s wedding which has been wrapped in paper and placed in a gilt tin will set you back a substantial £600. Whereas a piece of fruit sponge courtesy of Charles and Camilla’s 2005 wedding, accompanied by a message from the couple has a slightly lower price tag and is expected to fetch £350.
Estimate £400 – £600
FAMILY SNAP SHOTS, PORTRAITS AND MORE
The lot includes family snaps of Her Majesty from baby Elizabeth to her Coronation day, plus photos of her father George VI before his death.
Princess Margaret’s enamel patch boxes and pill boxes are up for grabs and it’s estimated they will fetch around £1,500.
A signed photograph taken by Margaret’s photographer husband David-Armstrong Jones of the Princess holding their young baby daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto, in her arms is expected to earn up to £400.
There are also a number of letters signed by royals like Prince George the Duke of Kent, King William IV and King George V.
There’s even a red wax seal of the Duchy of Lancaster from the reign of Queen Victoria for some interested buyer.
The rare pieces are part of an auction titled Happy and Glorious, A Royal Sale, and will be going under the hammer on May 31, at Chiswick Auctions.
Date: Tue, 31st May 2022 13:00
Sale number: 31 May 2022
Viewing: Exclusively at Chiswick South Kensington, 127 Fulham Road, SW3 6RT
Collections: From South Kensington Weds 1 June to Thurs 9 June. We will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee and are closed Thurs 2 June to Sun 5 June inclusive. From Colville Road from Mon 13 June.