A Summer-Long Installation in Wimbledon

An art installation celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been unveiled in Wimbledon! Explore the town centre, spotting five quintessential British designs, including two winning submissions from local schoolchildren and read more about each design below.

The installation will be on display until 5th September. View the map with locations.

Sponsored by local businesses A-Plan Insurance, Elys, Morr & Co, The Piazza and WSM.

Plus check out our Union Jack bunting display hanging from the canopy on The Piazza.

Portraits

The Queen’s portrait is familiar worldwide through paintings, photographs, coins, banknotes and stamps for 70 years. The portrait used on Great Britain’s stamps was designed by Arnold Machin and was first issued on 5th September 1967. It has remained unchanged since and is considered the most reproduced work of art in history, with over two hundred billion examples so far.

The Queen’s portrait has graced more than 200 currencies worldwide. Her portrait on UK coins has changed five times during her reign, with the most recent portrait coming into circulation in 2015. The Queen faces left on stamps and right on coins. While all monarchs have faced left on stamps since the first postage stamp was issued in 1840, the tradition of subsequent monarchs facing in the opposite direction on coins dates back to the time of Charles II.

In 1960, The Queen became the first-ever British Sovereign to appear on UK banknotes, on a £1 note. The familiar portrait now on our bank notes today was first used in 1990.

Crowns

Monarchs are known to have worn crowns in Britain since 200 BC. The Queen inherited a dazzling collection of crowns, diadems and tiaras when she ascended to the throne in 1952, many of which are on public display today.

The Queen traditionally wears a tiara, with specific crowns worn for important state occasions. These include St Edward’s Crown, with which the Queen was officially crowned at her coronation in 1953, and the Imperial State Crown, worn for the State Opening of Parliament.

The Queen’s favourite tiara is Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, which you can see her wearing on UK banknotes.

Teacups

Royal Memorabilia has been popular since commemorative plates were issued for the restoration of the English monarchy under King Charles II in 1660.

The industrial revolution and subsequent mass production methods saw a huge rise in collectable plates, trinkets and teacups for important royal occasions, and many households contain memorabilia from an important Royal occasion. There are of course official collectables available now for the Platinum Jubilee too, including bone china teacups.

As for the Queen herself, she is rumoured to favour a nice cup of Earl Grey with a splash of milk and no sugar.

Corgis

The Queen’s lifelong love of corgis began in 1933, when her father George VI brought home Dookie, a Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi. She was then gifted her first corgi, Susan, for her eighteenth birthday, and she has since owned more than fifty corgis, all descended from this dog.  

The Queen currently has four dogs, and she likes to walk them every day, after which they are served a royal doggie feast in their own room in Buckingham Palace. 

The Queen and Princess Margaret are also credited with creating their own dog breed, the dorgi, a dachshund-corgi mix created when their respective dogs were once left alone together…  

Trees

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree-planting initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, inviting people from across the United Kingdom to plant a tree to create a green woodland legacy for the Queen’s reign. Planting begins in October 2022.  

Love Wimbledon invited local schoolchildren to draw a picture celebrating what trees mean to them personally. Congratulations to Marlies (left), winner of our under 10s category, and Mia (right), winner of our 10-15 year old category, whose brilliant drawings have been reinterpreted for this display, sponsored by WSM.

You can see all the wonderful entries we received here