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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Queen Elizabeth Shelley Coronation Teacup

Welcome to my meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am joining other tea related blog parties below. I am writing this in the hour or so I have before episode 5 of Downton Abbey. A blocked out area on my calendar! In honour of Ascension Day, the day 60 years ago when Queen Elizabeth II became queen on the death of her father King George VI, my teacup today is a Shelley China, England teacup with a pretty sepia photo image. It was, in my opinion one of the 2 best photos used on china for the coronation in 1953, the other being by her brother-in-law Anthony Armstrong Jones who was married to Princess Margaret.

The design is very simple, in keeping with the modern styling of the Festival Of Britain celebrating the return of life, design and hope to England after the devastation of World War II. The shape was a retired shape called Vincent from the art deco era, that was brought back and used exclusively for the coronation china. Available at Antiques And Teacups.

This is a photo of Queen Elizabeth on the left at her father, King George VI's funeral. Next to her is her grandmother, mother of the late king Queen Mary and to the left the King's relict, the Dowager Elizabeth, the Queen Mum, Elizabeth's mother.

The photo is from the Daily Express archives.  Today Queen Elizabeth attended services in the cold at the local church at Sandringham House in Norfolk where she spends Christmas an a New Year break that is nearly over.

She usually spends her Ascension Day quietly, but as this is her Diamond Jubilee year she is attending 2 meetings with the local council and school children who wanted to extend their best wishes before she heads back to her duties in London.

Queen Elizabeth now joins her ancestor Queen Victoria as longest reigning monarchs.

Well done, Ma'am!

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  1. Hi Ruth,
    all the Coronation cups are so nice to see. The Queen looks always good on them. She is a remarkable woman and made for sure history.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  2. Quite an accomplishment for our Queen! Your photos are wonderful!
    Friends were telling me yesterday about Downton Abbey. I have never seen it because I didn't think we got it but apparently we do. I will have to give it a watch.


  3. Thank you for sharing all these interesting facts about the royals. My family has always tossed around the question of when the queen might step down and hand over the kingdom to Charles. Doesn't look like anytime soon.

  4. Absolutely well done! She is so lovely! I absolutely adore Queen Victoria too! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with A Return to Loveliness and for hosting,

  5. I always learn a lot when I visit you here...thank you for sharing the details of these royal women. Your teacup and saucer are lovely.

  6. Enjoyed your post about the Queens. Very interesting and I love the teacups.
    Thank you for sharing,

  7. Those tea cups are amazing ... I love the knowledge you share with us!! xo HHL

  8. What a wonderful post about Queen Elizabeth II. I like your teacup and saucer. I have one as well but different and will have to do a post on it another time. Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment. I'll join your link up shortly. Thanks for the invitation. Pamela

  9. What a perfect tea cup for such a wonderful occasion. With the Queen's ancestry she's likely to become the longest reigning monarch. As I recall her Mother lived to be 100+ and if you add 15 years Elizabeth may well see her Diamond Anniversary!

  10. Hello Ruth...what an interesting post! Certainly an exciting time for the UK. I enjoyed seeing the photos. Happy Valentines Day~

  11. Beautiful teacup for the Queen's 60th. Jubilee; I love it that it has her face in it, I'd love to own one like that, but they don't sell them here. She's a very healthy lady, so she will live like her mother to be 100, as Martha well recalls. Thank you for sharing and for hosting your tea party.

  12. I love your commemorative tea cup! I have it too! I agree with you that it has the best photo. I forget to use this cup as I see it as a commemorative piece....but I should take it out of the china cabinet and give it a chance to do what it was created for shouldn't I? I will today, to honor Queen Elizabeth.
    I love reading about the Queen and her life. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    I too love Downton Abbey! Here is America we are behind you in the season. It is really a fabulous series! I am truly enjoying every bit of it.

  13. This cup is particularly nice with its clean lines and crisp monogram on the back.

  14. I love all the fine bone china of Shelley! This cup does have the perfect photo of the Queen! Thanks for sharing the information about the cup shape. The Queen certainly seems in wonderful health and I hope she can reign for many more years! On a personal note, my son is moving to Eugene, Oregon to work for the ABC TV station as a News Anchor/Reporter. I know it is not very close to you but if you have friends or family in the area please ask for them to watch for him. You are so much closer than we are in Texas! Thank so much. Pam

  15. God save the Queen! Thank you for sharing these photos. We just watched "The Kin's Speech" last week on DVD and thoroughly enjoyed it. Such stress this family lives under at all times - perhaps surrounded by the lavishness of a centuries old monarchy - yet, when it's just them looking in a mirror, I expect they often feel more human than they are often given credit for in these modern times. Always love the historical tidbits you share from across the pond!

  16. Lovely tribute to the Queen... Your commemorative set is wonderful and I have never never tired of seeing Royal cups and saucers through out the years... I do have quite a collection myself... Thank You for reminding me( ha Ha)..Everything is still packed away... Since this is the Queens year...I should bring them out to celebrate.... as I do admire our Queen so very Much...Thanks for sharing all this lovely royal memorabilia ... Hugs

  17. This is a beautiful commemorative tea cup by Shelley you share with us today!
    You know, Queen Elizabeth's ascension to the throne happened just a few days after my birth!
    I'm also getting soooo old... :)
    Thanks for the lovely tea.

  18. I enjoy hearing all about The Royal Family.It's all so interesting to me.Thank you-Denise

  19. Queen Elizabeth is an amazing woman. I always love to see her as a young woman when PBS shows stories about her reign.

    Jocelyn @

  20. All those cups are definitely fit for a queen. Nice job.

  21. Hi Ruth, I love the area you live in. We were in Victoria and Vancouver, BC for 5 short days nearly 3 years ago. For some reason, I feel like I must return. The ferry ride from Vancouver and back was outstanding, but Victoria is "bliss" as they say. I hope it's OK that I linked in today with only my English sideboard to show. I love everything I've seen on your blog. I'm following you on GFC and hope you will follow me on Linky. Thanks, Helen of Helen's Decor


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