Finding the best souvenir to remember Staffordshire's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
PREPERATIONS for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are gathering force across Staffordshire, but how can you make sure you have the best souvenir to remember the event?
Even the most ardent royalist might think twice before shelling out for some of the memorabilia released and a lot of it can require hefty investments of many hundreds of pounds.
The key to finding a worthwhile investment is to seek out pieces with future appeal, say the experts.
Diamond Jubilee souvenirs are worth spending a few pounds on if you like them – especially if they are personalised gifts which your family can treasure for years to come.
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Britain will be celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign over a long Bank Holiday weekend in June, with a host of street parties and events planned across the country.
If you're joining in the festivities, make sure you put your own patriotic stamp on personalised mugs and placemats ahead of the occasion, minus the royal budget.
There's something for everyone with personalised phone covers, canvas prints, a bag for life or even cushions carrying a picture of how you celebrate the event.
But however you choose to mark the occasion on June 2-5, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is set to be one for the history books.
When Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on June 20 and 21 in 1887, the two-day festivities concluded with a procession through London which "stretched to the limit of sight in both directions" according to American author Mark Twain.
Fast-forward 115 years and Queen Elizabeth's celebrations are also set to be a momentous affair.
The festivities begin on Saturday, June 2 when the Queen attends the Epsom Derby, before the bunting goes up for The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday.
One highlight of the Jubilee weekend will see thousands of well-wishers turn out to see the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh travelling along the Thames on the royal barge on June 2.
Between 2pm and 6pm, around 1,000 ships, boats and yachts from around world will take to the water for the flotilla, which will be one of the largest ever assembled on the river.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to join the royal couple on the lavishly decorated barge, along with Prince of Wales, the pageant’s patron, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
Celebrations continue with a star-studded concert set against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace on Monday, with Gary Barlow bringing together some of the biggest names in music including Elton John, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran.
A network of 2,012 beacons will be lit in communities across the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth and the Queen will light the National Beacon.
Tuesday sees the last day of the Diamond Jubilee official celebrations with a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace, a balcony appearance and a flypast.
In Staffordshire, numerous events are being held to mark the occasion.
The county’s Shugborough Estate is holding a week of jubilee celebrations, culminating in a day of fun and royal-themed activities on June 5.
The Emma Bridgewater factory in Hanley is planning to hold a courtyard party on Sunday, June 3, while in Stafford the town will be transported back to the 1950’s on Saturday, June 2, to celebrate the decade of the Queen’s coronation.
On top of this there are numerous street and garden parties taking place across the region.
But whether you'll be going all out to street parties or visiting the capital for The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, it is those personalised treasures that make it easy to mark for just a few pounds.
Click here for a great selection of jubilee themed memorabilia.