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I Spy the Queen: Revealed

Top shelf:

1. Diamond tiara: The then-Princess Elizabeth wore the King George III Fringe tiara to her wedding in 1947. The same tiara was worn by her daughter, Princess Anne, for her 1973 marriage to Capt. Mark Phillips.

2. Rifle: Hunting is a traditional pastime of the Royal Family. In 2000, Queen Elizabeth made headlines when a newspaper ran photos of her snapping the neck of a wounded pheasant at the royal estate of Sandringham.

3. Postcard of Queen Elizabeth

4. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in horse-drawn carriage

5. Photo of Princess Elizabeth and sister Margaret

6. Pearl earrings: Elizabeth is known for her fondness for pearls, although fashion purists might argue they tend to clash with diamonds. Queen Elizabeth is fond of pearls. She is wearing pearl earrings on the Canadian $20 bill and wore a three-strand pearl necklace and large pearl earrings to the wedding of her granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011.

7. Big Ben: The world-famous London landmark.

8. Teapot: Sporting a younger Prince William. Born in 1982 and second in line for the throne, he will join the Queen on her royal barge down the Thames river in London for her Diamond Jubilee.

9. Corgi: Introduced to the Royal Family by King George VI in 1933. Queen Elizabeth now owns three: Monty, Willow, Holly.

10. Tin, featuring Prince William and Kate: William recently married Kate Middleton in a ceremony watched by two billion viewers.

Box 1 (first row, top left):

11. Corgi

12. Little red box: Queen Elizabeth receives a box of documents from officials in Britain and Commonwealth countries every day, which she reads and signs where necessary.

13. Union Jack tea pot: The Union Jack is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It symbolizes the union of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

14. Radio: Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, gave the first royal address by radio in 1924.

Box 2 (first row, second from left):

15. Stamps: Great Britain is the only country in the world that does not print its name on its stamps. All stamp designs are presented to the Queen before they are printed.

16. Minature tea set: Britons consume approximately 165 million cups of tea daily, compared to 70 million cups of coffee.

Box 3:

17. Throne: The throne chairs at Buckingham Palace were made by White Allom & Co. for the use of HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at the coronation ceremony of 1953.

18. Prince Albert cigarette tin: Prince Albert was the husband of Queen Victoria and great-great grandfather of Elizabeth. Prince Alberta pipe tobacco was the usual product, and the source of that sorry refuge of telephone pranksters, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can ? . . . then you better let him out!”

19. Wooden ruler: Lists all the kings and queens of England

20. Diamond tiara

Box 4:

21. Royal Horse Guard toy: The guards who watch over the Queen and the royal palaces are made of seven regiments of the British Army, including two regiments of The Household Cavalry (The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals). The Household Cavalry is the mounted guard at the entrance to Horse Guards Arch — the main entrance to both St. James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace.

22. Prince William and Kate plate: The first official overseas trip for the royal newlyweds was to Canada in July 2011.

Box 5:

23. Diamond Jubilee mug: It sports the official emblem for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, drawn by 10-year-old Katherine Dewar, from Chester, who won a competition for children aged 6 to 14.

24. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: The moving book by the Holocaust victim was first published in English — then titled The Diary of a Young Girl — in 1952, the year Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne.

25. The Mousetrap: And Other Plays by Agatha Christie:The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then.

Box 6 (second row, first on left):

26. Press Card: From Prince Philip’s visit to Toronto, June 8-9, 1962. He was in Canada to attend the Second Commonwealth Study Conference.

27. Coronation mug: The 1953 Coronation mug was given free to British schoolchildren at the time, often with a pencil or a toothbrush.

28. London taxi

29. Queen keychain

Box 7:

30. Baby pram: Prince Andrew, born in 1960, and Prince Edward, born in 1964, are the first children born to a reigning monarch since Queen Victoria had her family.

Box 8:

31. Stamps: Queen Elizabeth has reportedly received over 3 million pieces of mail throughout her reign.

32. Princess Diana thimble: When she married Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son Charles in 1981, Diana Spencer became the first British citizen to marry the heir to the English throne in more than 300 years. The book The Queen: A Life in Brief by Robert Lacey recently suggested that Queen Elizabeth II was her daughter-in-law’s biggest supporter until a now-infamous interview Diana gave in 1995, a year before her divorce from Charles.

Box 9:

33. Press card: Prince Philip’s 16-day Canadian tour in 1969 included Ottawa, Newfounland, New Brunswick, Québec, Alberta and B.C.

34. Royal Guard plastic toy

Box 10:

35. Queen Elizabeth tea pot

36, 37. Hats: Queen Elizabeth currently owns approximately 500 hats. Many of them are designed by in-house designer Angela Kelly.

38. Tobacco silks: These collectibles were included in tobacco products; royal themes were very popular.

39. Diamond sceptre

Box 11:

40. Tea tin: Featuring a Tower of London “Beefeater” guard.

41. Tobacco silk

42. Crown brooch with gems

Box 12:

43. Pearls

44. Corgi

45. Horse: The Queen was given her first pony, named Peggy, at age 4 and remains a keen rider as well as owner and breeder of racehorses.

Box 13:

46. King George V figurine: The grandson of Queen Victoria, George V reigned from 1910 to 1936. He was Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather.

47. Stamps

48. Diamond Jubilee spoon: Collecting souvenir spoons that commemorate special events (including a coronation) has been a popular fad since the late 1800s. Souvenir spoons were produced for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. A 13th century Anointing Spoon is used in all coronation ceremonies.

Box 14:

49. London double-decker bus

50. Tobacco silk

Box 15:

51. Minature ink bottle set: Throughout her reign, the Queen has sent over 380,000 telegrams (to couples celebrating a 60th anniversary and centenarians) and over 37,000 Christmas cards.

52. Plate, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: The royal couple will have been married for 65 years this November.

Box 16:

53. Cameo pin

54. Commemorative china ring box, Will and Kate wedding.

55. Spitfire plane model: The fighter plane turned the Battle of Britain — and World War II — in the Allies’ favour. Royal Canadian Air Force Spitfire squadrons were prominent. As the 1940 air struggle raged above England, King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth stayed in Buckingham Palace; the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were sent to Windsor Castle.

Box 17:

56. Button pin, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth: King George VI became king unexpectedly following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, in 1936. He died in 1952. His wife, the Queen Mum, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, became one of the most popular royals until her death in 2002.

Box 18:

57. Miniature books: The Queen’s current reading habits are largely a mystery. The biographer Sally Bedell (Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch) suggests the monarch’s tastes have been shaped by “extensive reading in childhood,” including “Stevenson, Austen, Kipling, the Brontës, Tennyson, Scott, Dickens, Trollope,” making “her preference, then and as an adult . . . historical fiction.”

58. Union Jack history pamphlet

59. Horse

Box 19:

60. Commemorative Coronation horse brass with crown

61. British Post tin coin bank

62. Tobacco silk

63. Diamond brooch

Box 20:

64. Minature clock and plates with horses

65. Book:Princes to Queen by Catrine Clay.

66. Book:Coronation Gift Book for Boys & Girls.

67. Chocolates: In Union Jack box.

Drawers:

68. Tea towel: with Queen Elizabeth graphics

69: KFC gift card: The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was awarded to Pete Harman in Salt Lake City in 1952, the year Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne.

70: Diamond tiara

71: Scarf: Will and Kate wedding souvenir

72: Jewels: Queen Elizabeth II wore a 161-carat diamond necklace to her coronation in 1953. The necklace had been previously worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait. The Queen’s personal jewelry collection is reportedly kept in a bunker below Buckingham Palace.

Research by Star library staff.

Sources: Media reports, The Official Web site of the British Monarchy, skyscrapercity.com, United Kingdom Tea Council, The Guardian, HM Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation book, Royal Warrant Holder Association, Royal Canadian Mint, History.com.

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