Diamond Jubilee: Tradition and Ceremony at Home

The world will stop this weekend to take a good look at little Britain as we celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and 60 year reign. Street and garden parties have been in the planning stages since early spring; the bunting will be out in force and households across the nation will be preparing for the variety of events and get-togethers wherein we will all be raising a glass to the Queen.

Not forgetting Wimbledon and the Olympics as well, it’s no surprise that the biggest style trend for 2012 is the ‘Best of British’.

Whether it is furniture, soft furnishings or subtle accessories that evoke British sensibility, the motif is appearing in homes across the nation with this summer certainly all about Blighty. Yet, British tradition and ceremony has always had a place in the home and interior style. Just think elaborate tea sets, limited edition bone china crockery (no doubt someone reading this will have vintage Queen Elizabeth II coronation plate?), grandfather clocks and the Aga cooker.

And so with this in mind, here are my 5 essential items for the British home – not just for the benefit of the Jubilee, but also for the upkeep of Tradition and Ceremony!

1. A traditional English tea set.

Nothing less than Bone China will do!

2. A cake stand 

You can’t have afternoon tea without one. Think Victoria Sponge and Earl Grey.

3. Royal Family China

It may not be to everyone’s taste but  I do believe a Royal Family merchandised China plate is an essential in all households. This can be purchased with a sense of irony if needs be.

4. Union Jack bed linen

Nothing like going to bed dreaming of God, Queen and Country. Even if it is only during the Olympics.

5. Georgian Four Poster Bed

And finally, if it’s about the best of British, try a Georgian Four Poster Bed. Pure Luxury. Obviously this isn’t to everyone’s style, but being so versatile it is trend that many can tap into.

This summer it really is particularly great to be British.

Posted by Iconography Ltd
29th May 2012

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