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Souvenir mug - Royal Family

2002.0021.0156

Souvenir mug - Royal Family

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Physical description

Souvenir white china mug with a colour photographic portrait on the side of the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Henry. On the opposite side is 'Four Generations Their Royal Highnesses The Queen Mother, The Queen, The Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince William and Prince Henry'. Made by Crown Winsor Fine Bone China, England.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 196 items. For the most part the collection consists of souvenir ware and other Royal memorabilia. Most of the material relates to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a large component devoted to Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the Queen Mother. The collection is significant from a number of perspectives. It provides material evidence of the enduring attraction of the British Royal family. It also provides an insight into the marketing of souvenir items associated with the Royals. The collection is a wonderful example of a "magnificent obsession" on the part of the collector. The collection will be of enduring significance given the ongoing debate as to whether Australia should become a republic.

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