It’s not just the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who have been on standby for the birth of their baby. Burleigh has been busy over the last few months creating a new commemorative design to welcome the Princess into the world.
Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, who is fourth in line to the throne, was born on Saturday (May 2) at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).
Burleigh designer Sarah Heaton, who designed the mug, said: “I based this new design on the one we first used for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. We have so many collectors of our royal pieces that I wanted to create something that would either stand on its own, or fit into an existing collection, which is something Burleigh has a long tradition of doing over our 164-year-history.
“I’ve created a new font for the front of mug which is unique in style and we’ve also created a special ‘Royal’ backstamp which features a coronet of the princess of royal blood specifically appropriate for a second grandchild to the heir to the throne.”
Burleigh has a long history of commemorating royal occasions from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, many royal weddings and births, the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales, and more recently the birth of Prince George:
Burleigh’s historic home, Middleport Pottery, is owned by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, which is one of the Prince of Wales’ charities. It has been making commemorativeware since Queen Victoria’s day using the same techniques in its grade II* home.
Sebastian Lazell, managing director of Burleigh, said: “It’s fascinating to think that the liquid clay slip we will be making to produce these mugs will be mixed using the same machinery that was used to produce royal commemoratives dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria, the great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother of the new Princess! Collectors and Royal enthusiasts alike can buy something that they know has been made by hand in England.”