The young Princess, along with her husband, went to Kenya to enjoy the wildlife in a forest in February 1952. As she woke up on February 6 morning, the Princess received the information that she had become the Queen, because her father King George VI passed away at the age of 56. Elizabeth II completed 70 years of her reign as the Queen of Britain on February 6, 2022, although her coronation had taken place on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. Elizabeth II (b. April 21, 1926), who had become the Queen at the age of 25, is 95, now. She has been a key figure in Britain’s social and political transformation for the last seven decades. After witnessing the Imperialist Past of her country, she has ruled modern Britain. She is considered one of the most popular members of the British Royal Family. It is also a fact that the Britons wanted Queen Elizabeth II to leave the Buckingham Palace at various points of time.
Queen Elizabeth II was scheduled to visit the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk to spend time with her family members during the Christmas and New Year; however, the visit was cancelled due to the spread of Omicron variety of COVID-19 in Britain. As the Queen marked her father’s Death Anniversary at Buckingham Palace on February 6, Britain did not arrange any special event on the occasion of completion of her 70-year reign. Meanwhile, the British Government has planned to organise a four-day event in early June to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. A military parade and a music concert shall be organised as parts of the mega event. Commemorative coins have already been made to mark her feat.
Unfortunately, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee souvenirs, manufactured with an awkward typographical error, has triggered an uproar in the UK. The spelling error on 10,000 cups, tea sets and designer plates is proving to be a costly mistake; as the souvenirs, featuring an illustration of the monarch surrounded by her coat of arms, have been printed with the line: “the Platinum Jubbly of Queen Elizabeth II“.
Reports suggest that Wholesale Clearance, a company that deals in bankrupt stock, is trying to sell off the misprinted memorabilia items as collector’s items. In a statement, Wholesale Clearance has said that a Chinese manufacturing company, which made the spelling error while printing the commemorative crockery, approached the former in this regard. “The manufacturers produced some wonderful souvenir items in an attempt to muscle in on the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee, but were left high and dry when their fulfilment partner in the UK decided they would not take the souvenir stock due to a translation error,” the Chinese company has mentioned on their website.
Meanwhile, Karl Baxter, the CEO of Wholesale Clearance, told the BBC: “What could be more unique than our limited-edition misprinted crockery? This could be your chance to get your hands on a novelty souvenir for a fraction of the price.” One can collect the entire stock for GBP 32,400. The British media have reported that 10,800 items have been offered for GBP 32,400, instead of GBP 323,892, with a 90% discount. Interestingly, the Wholesale Clearance UK website has brought a sitcom connection for the sale. “Become an Only Fools and Horses fan and wow your friends with your Lovely Jubbly set,” said the website. Interestingly, Jubbly is a jocular exclamation. It means excellent, brilliant, or great.
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