Launching this month, the new, elegant collector’s item tins each house official Royal portrait photography of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, taken soon after her accession to the Throne, honouring and commemorating her seventy-year reign.
The ‘Queen Elizabeth II: Balmoral’ commemorative tin, the largest of the two, displays an intimate and relaxed portrait of the late Queen taken at the Royal Family Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire. Taken in September 1952, the portrait captures Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with one of her beloved Corgis outside in the beautiful Balmoral grounds, a place where she was said to be at her happiest.
The second commemorative edition tin, ‘Queen Elizabeth II: The Icon’, showcases a stunning portrait shot 20 days after Her accession to the Throne. Taken at Buckingham Palace by professional portrait photographer Dorothy Wilding, it is one of the first official photographs that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sat for and was used for the new Sovereign portrait across coins, banknotes and stamps.
Each of the distinguished tins adorn the official Royal Warrant for the supply of shortbread to the Royal Household as well as the tribute ‘Commemorating Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022’ in prominent embossed gold writing.
Walker’s Shortbread has shared a long association with the Royal Family and is proud that these editions are the first releases of Walker’s 125th anniversary year. The first official commemorative Royal Tin was launched in 1977 for Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee and Walker’s has continued to commemorate many major Royal milestone since.
Nicky Walker, Walker’s Shortbread Managing Director, comments: “Our family shared in the profound sadness on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II whose warmth and dedication was truly inspirational. We feel honoured as Royal Warrant Holders to have been able to create these special, keepsake tins with such profound portraits marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne.”
Sir Jim Walker CBE, Director and third generation of Walker’s Shortbread, was awarded with a CBE in the 1998 New Year Honour’s List and, most recently, was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the prestigious Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood on the Birthday 2022 Honours list.
He comments: “Our family have always shared in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II deep affection for Scotland and the beauty of its countryside, and we very much wanted to honour and pay homage to her and her remarkable seventy-year reign with these two commemorative tins.”
The Speyside based, family-owned business, who’s first ever bakery opened in 1898 in Torphins close to Balmoral Castle, continues to faithfully use the same original recipe and ingredients, and was granted the Royal Warrant for the supply of oatcakes to the Queen in 2001 and for shortbread in 2017.
The Balmoral Edition (300g) contains 24 exquisite, all butter Union Jack Shortbreads (RRP around £14), and the Icon Edition (150g) contains a luxurious selection of Walker’s iconic shortbread; Triangles, Fingers, Thistles, Rounds and Hearts (around £10).
The new tins will be launching first in the UK this month and will be available from www.walkersshortbread.com . They will also be launching globally including USA, Canada and Australia.