The Royal Collection – A Diamond Jubilee Chess set

Want to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but fancy something a bit more low key than a street party? Then how about an old-fashioned game of chess with a royal twist?

The Royal Collection, one of the biggest art collections in the world, is including a chess set as part of its official collection of gifts and souvenirs to celebrate the occasion.

In association with St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and with the approval of Buckingham Palace, the quintessentially British company Studio Anne Carlton has produced a unique and beautifully crafted Diamond Jubilee Chess set to celebrate the royal milestone.

Studio Anne Carlton has been associated with producing traditional, hand crafted chess sets for over 40 years and the new commemorative Diamond Jubilee set features skilfully hand-painted figures, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Rook is modelled on the famous Round Tower of Windsor Castle, which dates back to the late 12th century while the pawns represent the choristers of St George’s Chapel.

It’s not the first time Studio Anne Carlton has designed unusual chess sets. The firm has also released Peter Rabbit, Lord of the Rings, Winnie the Pooh and Sherlock Holmes sets among others. But this set is going to support a particularly good cause.

The Royal collection online shop includes china, homeware, fashion and jewellery, books and souvenirs. It is all designed exclusively and inspired by the works of art in The Royal Collection. All purchases help to support The Royal Collection Trust, which is responsible for the care and conservation of the collection itself, held in trust by the Queen for her successors and the nation.

The collection includes the majority of the contents of 13 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are open to the public. These include Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Hampton Court, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Osborne House and the Royal Pavilion Brighton.

Over 3,000 objects from the Royal Collection are on long-term loan to museums and galleries around the UK and abroad, including the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, the National Museum of Wales and the National Gallery of Scotland.

Shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens over more than 500 years, the Royal Collection includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans and textiles.

Conservation teams work to ensure the objects are maintained and conserved to the highest possible standards and that visitors can view the collection in the best-possible condition.

Managing director at Studio Anne Carlton, Michael Lee, said: “Studio Anne Carlton is honoured to have our Diamond Jubilee Chess Set included as part of The Royal Collection official merchandise to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The chess set appeals not just to chess players but to all those people around the world who acknowledge the British Royal Family and wish to own and enjoy a delightful and useable piece of collectable memorabilia.” 

Although, setting you back £300, you may just wish to look at, rather than play with, this particular piece of memorabilia.