Pimp your palace
A birthday's always a good excuse to celebrate, and decor's awash with red, white and blue, crests and coronets to mark the Queen's 90th.
Ardent monarchists, of course, may already have homes overflowing with memorabilia, but there’s plenty to choose from if a more subtle selection of regal touches is more your cup of tea (ooh - and lots of royal-themed teapots, mugs and tea party accessories, on that note!).
Whether you want to go down the classic and collectible route and snap up items that have been given the royal seal of approval from the Royal Collection Trust, or go for fun and kitsch with a quirky cushion, or even a regal gnome from the high street, there are countless ways to fly the flag at home this summer ...
As Buckingham Palace spruces up for the occasion, give your own walls the royal treatment with Crowns/Coronets Wallpaper, currently reduced to £17 from £20 a roll, Graham & Brown. If ever a paper was fit for a queen, it’s this - and the jewel in the crown is that you can customise this sophisticated monochrome design with ruby or sapphire sparkling self-adhesive gems, £7 a pack. The company also has two wall canvasses by Kelly Hoppen: The Coronation Wall Art, featuring a crown with a flag background, and the patriotic Union Rose Wall Art, both currently reduced to £5 from £15 each.
Wallpaper Direct has Albany London Life wallpaper, depicting the capital’s iconic landmarks, currently reduced to £22.40 from £28 a roll.
Make a grand entrance with a door mat proclaiming ‘Palace’ underneath a royal crest; the Hug Rug Home 25, £39.99, Modern Rugs.
Hold court with your own ‘throne’, by dressing a chair with Union Flag Lambswool Blanket, £150, and Coat Of Arms Amethyst Cushion, £85, both from the Royal Collection Trust.
The patriotic selection at Sainsbury’s includes a Union Jack Tapestry Cushion, £10 (available May).
MAJESTIC MUST HAVES: A Corgi And Crown Piped Cushion, £30, KeyLime Design, and Buckingham Palace Towels, embellished with the royal crest in gold, from £6.95 each, Royal Collection Trust.
TEA AT THE PALACE
It might be tradition to raise a birthday toast with a glass of something alcoholic, why not host a celebration tea party, too? The Sainsbury’s Queen’s Birthday Collection (available May) has a whole host of themed accessories, including a Celebration Teapot and Cake Stand, £12 each, and 90th Birthday Union Jack Mugs, £2.50 each.
Online interiors company Milly Green has a particularly charming Queen’s 90th Tea Towel, £9, illustrated with crowns, horses and corgis.
Warm a pot with a bright yellow Buckingham Palace Georgian Tea Cosy, £15.95, and drink out of a Queen’s 90th Birthday Commemorative Mug, £25, decorated with a coat of arms and flowers - forget-me-nots that bloom in the real birthday month, and cornflowers which flower in June, the celebration month - both from the Royal Collection Trust range.
MAJESTIC MUST HAVE: A tongue-in-cheek Queen’s Cup Of Tea Hanging Sign, featuring the witty words, ‘One Would Love a Cup of Tea’, £3.50, Sainsbury’s.
NO THRONE - NO PROBLEM
We can’t all have gilded thrones, and they’re probably not that comfortable anyway! Instead, recline on a plush Smithfield Chesterfield Sofa, £5,211, suitably upholstered in royal blue velvet, scattered with Large Union Jack Cushions, £150 each, Rume.
Or you could simply slouch on a Union Jack Piggy Bag, £79, Made.com.
MAJESTIC MUST HAVE: The Royal Collection Trust’s splendid Union Flag pouffe, £95 - perfect when you need to put your feet up after a long day ruling the roost!
Fly the flag in your own ‘grounds’ with bunting: Vintage Union Jack Bunting, £13, or Handmade Corgi Bunting, £8, Not On The High Street.
Admittedly, gnomes are like Marmite - you either love them or hate them - but if you’re a fan, Asda has a fun limited-edition regal trio: a Queen Gnome, £30; Guardsman, £20, and Corgi, £10 (available May).
MAJESTIC MUST HAVE: Rust Plant Pot Crown, from £15, The Orchard.
Graham & Brown: 0800 328 8452/www.grahamandbrown.com
Keylime Design: 07866 541 588/www.keylimedesign.co.uk
Modern Rugs: 01388 663 738/www.modern-rugs.co.uk
Milly Green: 01428 600 018/www.millygreen.com
Not On The High Street: www.notonthehighstreet.com
The Orchard: 0845 643 0363/www.theorchardhomeandgifts.com
The Royal Collection Trust: 0845 330 2898/www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk
Rume: 01273 777 810/www.rume.co.uk
Sainsbury’s: 0800 636 262/www.sainsburys.co.uk
Kenneth Turner: 01582 416 570/www.kennethturner.com
Wallpaper Direct: www.wallpaperdirect.com