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Commemorative products inspired by Arnold Machin’s designs go on sale to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Release date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022

In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, Royal Collection Trust has launched a range of commemorative products inspired by Arnold Machin’s iconic profile portraits of Her Majesty The Queen.

Arnold Machin (1911—1999) was a sculptor and Royal Academician. His portrait of The Queen, originally modelled in clay using a sculptural technique called bas-relief, has featured on all British definitive postage stamps since 1967. It is thought to be one of the most reproduced images of all time. The portrait was a reworking of a design Machin created following the introduction of decimal coinage, which featured on British coins from 1968 —1984.

Before 1967, postage stamps were based on photographs of The Queen taken by Dorothy Wilding. Twenty-four of these photographs will go on display in a special exhibition Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace from 22 July — 2 October 2022.

The range features homeware items and accessories including a tea towel (£9.95), recycled leather key ring (£4.95), 750 piece jigsaw puzzle (£14.95) and reusable coffee cup (£10.95). Products can be purchased online from www.rct.uk/shop or from Royal Collection Trust shops in London, Windsor and Edinburgh.

All profits from sales of official Platinum Jubilee commemorative items go to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity, for the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes.

Related exhibition
Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession

A display at Buckingham Palace celebrating The Queen's Accession in 1952