Royal souvenirs fetch high prices as Jubilee fever grows

As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee approaches, royal fans will dust off their commemorative tableware in time to celebrate SM’s 70 years on the throne.

Many also flock to online antiques and auction sites such as eBay to get their hands on a piece of history.

Searches for “Queen salt and pepper shakers” tripled, while searches for Royal teacups, Queen teapots and Jubilee plates increased by 50%, 42% and 383% respectively, according to eBay.

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Memorial journals, coins and tin cans are among the most sought-after collectables, while demand for slices of royal wedding cake has risen by a third in recent weeks.

A slice of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ big day in 1981 is currently listed for £950, while a piece of cake from William and Kate’s wedding in 2011 sold for almost £288 in April.

A collection of royal coins, including a 1977 Silver Jubilee crown and the Charles and Diana wedding coin, is currently listed for £2,499.99 on eBay.

A signed and framed Royal Family Christmas card featuring the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles from 1976 sold on eBay for £149 in April.

A bundle of 25 commemorative items, including Princess Diana and Charles tins, mugs and playing cards, cost £90 in March.

But could these Jubilee Jewels retain their value and make change in the future? And how much could your royal keepsakes be worth?

Experts say it’s hard to predict. Daniel Wade of Paul Fraser Collectibles says personal items such as clothing, personal effects or signed letters tend to be the most in demand – and fetch the highest price.

The queen’s underwear has been auctioned for thousands of pounds after being left on a private plane for Chile in 1968.

Blank pair: William and Kate ceramic figurines.  A piece of cake from William and Kate's 2011 wedding sold for nearly £288 in April

Blank pair: William and Kate ceramic figurines. A piece of cake from William and Kate’s 2011 wedding sold for nearly £288 in April

And the velvet evening dress Princess Diana wore in 1985 when she danced with John Travolta at the White House sold at auction for £220,000 in 2019.

Mr Wade says royal autographs are doing very well at the moment ahead of the Jubilee.

He says there was a surge after Prince Philip’s death where people may have realized the Royal Family wouldn’t be around forever.

Luxury: bone china commemorative mug.  Searches for Royal Teacups, Queen Teapots and Jubilee Plates have increased by 50%

Luxury: bone china commemorative mug. Searches for Royal Teacups, Queen Teapots and Jubilee Plates have increased by 50%

He says: ‘The Royal Family are not allowed to give autographs as it is not protocol which means they are in limited supply.

“We find that signed items, such as Christmas cards and letters, are doing very well.

“Royal wedding cake slices are also popular. Although produced in large volumes, they bring people closer to the event and the couple.

Mr Wade says some members of the royal family are more popular than others, which will affect the value of their items.

Due to her legacy and mystique, Princess Diana memorabilia remains the most sought after.

Frances Monroe, eBay’s head of collectables, said royal occasions and news are driving greater interest in the royal family among the public, which is translating into growing demand.

She says: “Events like the Platinum Jubilee provide a timely opportunity for those looking to sell their royal memorabilia to those looking to grow their collection.

“The nation loves a romance. Collectibles from the royal wedding will fetch the highest price around the couple’s major anniversaries, and the older the item, the rarer and more valuable it has become.

Rob Burgeman, chief investment officer at Brewin Dolphin, said there could also be an increase in demand for Diana memorabilia at the coronations of Princes Charles and William, and events involving the grandchildren.

Decorative: candle snuffers of the Queen and Prince Philip.  The research of

Decorative: candle snuffers of the Queen and Prince Philip. Searches for ‘Queen salt and pepper shakers’ have tripled, according to eBay

A signed photo of Princess Diana was worth £1,250 in 2000 and £10,000 now, according to Paul Fraser Collectibles.

Over the same period, the price of a signed photo of Queen Elizabeth II has risen from £1,000 to £5,000, which Mr Wade says is the most valuable signature of a living person.

He adds: “Prince William comes next in popularity because he has signed fewer documents, while Prince Charles is far down the list. It does not fire the imagination like the other three.

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Mr Burgeman says buying royal collectibles as an investment is risky because you don’t know how tastes will change and which items – or corporate family members – will fall out of favour.

For example, over the past two years the value of a signed photograph of Prince Harry has dropped from £250 to £1,500.

He says: “Trying to choose commemorative keepsakes that will make you money is tough – and there are certainly better investments.

“The Royal Family has international appeal, but the related items are only worth what someone will pay for.

“Buy items if you like them and if they become valuable in the future, that’s a bonus.”

Wade says you’re unlikely to make money on pieces produced as collectibles, even if you keep them in pristine condition for years. He says, “Even the limited edition pieces will be produced in large series. I can’t see them making any money in the future.

He also warns fans to always buy from reputable companies that offer authentication.

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