A royal occasion: Celebrate Her Majesty's birthday at Fenwick


The Queen’s visit to Fenwick Windsor in April 1980

In honour of Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday, we took a trip down memory lane and discovered a few royal treats in the Fenwick archives.

As you send your best wishes to Queen Elizabeth II today, check out our list of things you (probably) didn't know about Her Majesty, browse through photos of her visits to the oh-so-British Fenwick stores over the years, or remember the special day by heading in store to snatch up a keepsake of your own...

1. A handwritten Brook Street diary entry written in 1952; 2. A Fenwick advertisement for Coronation robes; 3. Her Majesty the Queen speaking to Gerald Bentall during a visit to the Bentalls Kingston Nylon Shop in 1955; 4. Meeting the crowds on the High Street in Colchester in November 2004


1. The contents of her handbag usually include good luck charms, family pictures, mints, chocolate drops for her corgis, crosswords, a metal makeup case, a camera and a metal hook that she can attach to a table to hang her handbag on.*

2. Her nickname is 'Lilibet'.*

3. She sends texts to her grandchildren.*

4. In November 2004 she visited Colchester with Prince Philip and went for lunch with dignitaries at the Town Hall while on a tour which also took them to Harwich and Essex University.

5. The Queen and Prince Philip popped down from Windsor Castle on Tuesday 8 April 1980 to officially open the King Edward Court Shopping Centre. They also enjoyed a visit to the Fenwick store, which had opened its doors on Tuesday 11 March 1980.

*Facts provided by Morphsuits


Crown Pencils from Ice, £2.50 each; Available at Fenwick Kingston and Canterbury


Dunoon Bone China Mugs, £19.00; Available at Fenwick Colchester

Limited stock available. Handmade and decorated in England.

Halcyon Days Plate, £145; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street


Royal Doulton Figurines, from £125; Available at Fenwick Canterbury

Halcyon Days Mug, £28; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street


Halcyon Days Tea for One, £85; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street


Halcyon Days Plate, £250; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street


Mugs from Harlequin, £10 each; Available at Fenwick Kingston

Made in England, these iconic blue and white commemoratives feature the classic border from the Continental Views design surrounding the Royal Arms. Each piece is gift boxed and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Spode Portmeirion Plate, £20, and Mug, £16; Available at Fenwick Bracknell

Royal Doulton Charlene Mullen Mug Set, £35; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross

In the Windsor area? Public and private events are being held throughout the day including the unveiling of a plaque at the Post Office commemorating her birthday stamp, the opening of a bandstand in Alexandra Gardens and, in the early evening, the lighting of a beacon in the Long Walk.

By Alison Millington