Kensington Palace brings out the bling to mark Queen"s Diamond Jubilee


A 3,500 royal toast! Kensington Palace brings out the bling to mark jubilee

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08:12 GMT, 29 March 2012

They say you should breakfast like a king – but surely 1,000 for a toast rack is a little excessive

Shaped like a crown and studded with semi-precious stones, it forms part of a solid silver breakfast set on sale at Kensington Palace with a total price of almost 3,500.

The royal residence, which was once home to Queen Victoria and Diana, Princess of Wales and is now occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, commissioned the set to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Fit for a queen: Items in the breakfast set costing almost 3,500 which have gone on display at the gift shop within Kensington Palace

Fit for a queen: Items in the breakfast set costing almost 3,500 which have gone on display at the gift shop within Kensington Palace

Sadly, only those born with a silver
spoon in their mouth will be able to afford the matching teaspoon
(180), butter knife (250), serviette holder (500) and egg cup (800).

For those who want better value, the salt and pepper shakers come as a pair – for 750.

Only two of the breakfast sets have been made. The other is for sale at the Tower of London.

Kensington Palace, which reopened to
the public this week after a 12million refurbishment, has used the
opportunity to stock its gift shop with dozens of new jubilee-related
trinkets.

A lot of bread: This silver toast rack boasts a price tag of 1,000

A lot of bread: This silver toast rack boasts a price tag of 1,000

First class dining: The gold plated salt and pepper shakers priced at 750

First class dining: The gold plated salt and pepper shakers priced at 750

Products designed to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne range from a 6.99 box of chocolates to an 850 pendant.

And, amid an outbreak of bling at the
palace, the most expensive item is an 18-carat yellow and rose gold
Tree of Life eternity ring, which costs 2,500 and holds up to 35
diamonds.

Other jewellery includes a necklace
for 500 and earrings for 390. At the lower end of the bling scale, key
fobs are available for 3.99.

A silver-plated version of the
aforementioned toast rack sells for just 40, and is reportedly one of
the most popular items on offer.

A 500 Welsh gold ‘Frog Prince’ charm is also expected to hop off the shelves.

Royal residence: Kensington Palace is now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Royal residence: Kensington Palace is now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Kensington Palace started life as a country mansion that William III and Queen Mary bought for 20,000 in 1689

Kensington Palace started life as a country mansion that William III and Queen Mary bought for 20,000 in 1689

Gina George, the palace’s retail
director, explained: ‘As part of our celebrations to mark the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee, Historic Royal Palaces has commissioned 60 new retail
products.

‘This range includes a limited edition
version of our popular crown breakfast set in magnificent solid silver,
which is gold-plated and contains semi- precious stones.

‘Historic Royal Palaces works hard to
find products for our shops, which add to our visitors’ experiences and
suit a variety of tastes and budgets.’

A spokesman for Historic Royal
Palaces, which looks after Kensington Palace and the Tower of London as
well as Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace and Banqueting House, stressed
that all money generated in the charity’s shops and from admission goes
towards their upkeep.

Kensington Palace receives no
government funding, and the recent refurbishment has been paid for with
Lottery funding and support from a number of charitable trusts. It was
officially reopened by the Queen to coincide with her jubilee. Around
380,000 visitors are expected this year.

HRP has also unveiled a new jubilee-themed display of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

The collection includes 23,578 gems,
with the Imperial State Crown alone holding 2,969 diamonds, 273 pearls,
17 sapphires and 11 emeralds.

Some of the diamonds are bigger than walnuts, including the Cullinan I – found in 1905 – and the 105-carat Indian Koh-i-Noor.