From Buildings to Biscuits – Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Posted: May 30, 2022 at 7:00 am
Thursday the 2nd June until Sunday the 5th June will see four days of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, combining arts, theatre, music, circus and more to celebrate the Queen’s seven-decade reign.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving British Monarch at 70 years 107 days (at time of writing), and the third longest serving in history behind Louis XIV of France who reigned for 72 years 110 days from 1643 – 1715, and Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand whose reign of 70 years and 107 days ended in 2016.
Over the last 70 years The Queen has had many things named after her from buildings to biscuits. We have pulled together a list of our favourite consumables that have been granted the Royal Warrant, and some of the more obscure items named after The Queen!
Food and drinks with the Royal Warrant
Walkers Shortbread has been used in the Royal Household for many years, following the granting of the Royal Warrant by the Queen and the Queen Mother in 2002 for oatcakes.
This glorious after dinner mint unsurprisingly has the Royal Warrant, not only is it a little taste of luxury, but the Queen has been described as a bit of a chocoholic herself.
In 1955 the Queen granted the infamous chocolate company the Royal Warrant, meaning every time you have a bit of something Cadburys, it really is a royal treat.
From the well-known beans, to the ketchup and of course, the classic tomato soup. Everyone has something Heinz in their cupboard. Next time you squirt some ketchup to dip your chips into, know you are eating not just any sauce but a distinguished sauce.
The breakfast of Queens? Quaker oats certainly are, as the cereal brand holds on to a Royal Warrant as well.
It’s a little-known fact that the Queen’s favourite breakfast is Special K, so of course the Kellogg brand was going to get a Royal Warrant.
Long Vodka anyone? A drink that reminds us of our youth. Who knew the Queen was also a fan!
The Queen apparently has exactly four drinks a day, including a dry gin martini with her lunch! So it comes as no shock that Bacardi Martini hold a Royal Warrant as providers of liquor for the Queen, and us to quaff.
97% of households consume Nestle brands and more than 2 billion of its products are sold yearly. So, from your Shreddies to your Nescafe, everyone has a bit of royalty in their cupboard.
Things Named After the Queen
Queenie The Rhino
A white rhinoceros calf born in March 2022 has been called Queenieat Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. A zoo based in the grounds and parkland belonging to a 19th-century manor house, in Oxfordshire. Queenie is the ninth white rhino to be born at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, Oxfordshire, and the fifth consecutive female. The new calf is also the fifth for parents Monty and Nancy.
Queen Elizabeth Rose
Rumour has it that this beautiful bloom was created in 1955 when Dr. Walter Lammerts cross-pollinated a hybrid tea rose and a floribunda. It is known for its pleasant scent and pink hue.
In June 2021, the queen was presented with a dark pink rose made in honour of her late husband, Prince Philip, to mark what would have been his 100th birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II Train
On June 13, 2017, the monarch herself helped name unit 800003 of England’s Great Western Railway “to mark 175 years since Queen Victoria became the first monarch to travel by train,” per the GWR website. The queen and Prince Philip recreated that journey from Slough to London’s Paddington station that day on a train that carries the official flag of the Royal Family.
Queen Elizabeth Cake
Legend has it this delectable treat is popular in Canada, part of the Commonwealth. The recipe includes dates, walnuts, coconut and lots of butter — and as allrecipes.com says, is “crowned” by its broiled topping.
Queen Elizabeth Ranges
These majestic mountains and peaks — part of the Canadian Rockies within Alberta’s Jasper National Park — were named for QEII after her ascent in 1953.
Now a floating hotel in Dubai, the luxury ocean liner was once considered a fancy way to travel between New York City and Southampton, attracting celebrities like Neil Diamond, Nelson Mandela, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, and the royal family. It began service in 1969 before it was retired in 2008.
There is debate as to whether it’s named for Queen Elizabeth II, however ship maker Cunard purposely went with the number 2 instead of the Roman numerals II when naming the boat, seemingly to mark it as a second edition of its Queen Elizabeth liner.
The Elizabeth II Suite (and The Queen’s Suite at The Whitehouse)
Located inside the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada, this 1,000-sq.-ft., three-room suite with a St. Lawrence River view boasts British accents inspired by the queen, including photos from her life along the walls. It was named to commemorate Her Majesty’s visit to the hotel in 1959. She also has a suite in the Whitehouse named after her!
Big Bens’ Tower
The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
Celebrating the Jubilee at Sea
To celebrate the Queen’s service & her affiliation with the maritime industry, the UK Chamber of Shipping has suggested that Vessels across the globe make a Ships Salute, sounding a simultaneous long blast of their horn or whistle, at 12 noon GMT on the 4th June. Will your vessel be taking part? Send us a video and we’ll share it on our social media platforms.
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