What was the Coronation Festival
- A unique event held in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace which took place from 11-14 July 2013
- Over 200 companies granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment showcased their products and services
- The event took place in the 60th anniversary year of HM The Queen's Coronation
- The event celebrated innovation, industry and excellence through craft and trade; and as demonstrated through the Royal Warrant holding companies exhibiting at the Festival
When did the Festival take place?
- The Coronation Festival took place between 11 - 14 July 2013 within the Gardens at Buckingham Palace
What were the component parts of the Festival?
The Coronation Festival was split into four specific showcase areas:
- Homes & Gardens
- Food & Drink
- Design & Technology
- Style, Pursuits & Pastimes
- PLUS a section for the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association: The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
What is a Royal Warrant Holder?
- Royal Warrants of Appointment are awarded to those individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to The Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales
- It is a prestigious mark of recognition
- Royal Warrant Holders may display the relevant Royal Arms with the words 'By Appointment' on their product, stationery, buildings, vehicles, advertising and packaging
When did The Queen's Coronation take place?
- The Coronation of The Queen took place 60 years ago on 2nd June 1953, when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey
- The Diamond Jubilee celebrations which took place last summer marked the 60th anniversary of The Queen's accession to the throne
Did any other events take place to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation?
- The 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation in June 2013 was marked with a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 4th June
Who exhibited at the Festival?
- Over 200 Royal Warrant holders exhibited their products, services and skills in the four areas of the Festival: Homes & Gardens, Food & Drink, Design & Technology and Styles, Pursuits & Pastimes
- In addition to those who were exhibiting, many more Royal Warrant holders were represented or participated at the Festival in an exceptional showcase of trade, industry, innovation and craft in Britain today
Who organised the Event?
- The Royal Warrant Holders Association, who hosted the event, contracted an event management company, Media 10, to create and manage the event
- Media 10 is well known for the running of the Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live and manage exhibitors in the UK, Australia and South Africa which attract over 750,000 visitors each year
A day-time festival ticket (£30) allowed visitors:
- To enjoy the Gardens of Buckingham Palace exploring marquees with over 200 exhibitors
- The opportunity to experience, sample and buy the goods and services of the Royal Warrant Holders exhibiting at the Festival
- The opportunity to relax and enjoy the entertainment around the Gardens - there was an interactive features, a 400 seat catwalk and live demonstrations to educate and inspire
- To learn about the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) as well as the types of craftsmen, from traditional to contemporary
An evening ticket (£90) allowed visitors:
- To enjoy the Gardens and explore the Festival when Gates open at 6.00pm prior to the Gala performance that began at 7.30pm
- Enjoy a Coronation Gala featuring an array of talent from the UK and the Commonweath; with singers, dancers, entertainers, orchestras and performers from a wide range of disciplines
- A celebration of the performing arts over the last 60 years as well as specially commisssioned pieces of music and dance
Was the Festival Gala televised?
- Highlights from the Gala was televised on BBC1 on Friday 12 July
Did the Queen and Members of the Royal Family attend the Coronation Festival
- There was a Royal preview on Thursday 11 July, for invited guests, including Members of the Royal Family, charities, media, Armed Forces and guests of the Royal Warrant Holders
Who performed at the Coronation Gala?
- The Gala performance in the evening showcased a range of superb home grown UK talent as well as talent from across the Commonwealth
How many people attended the Festival - during the day/evening?
- There was 12,000 visitors on each day; and 6,500 each evening
To view images taken at the Coronation Festival, please click through to our gallery.
We had over 200 exhibitors showcasing their goods and services at the Festival. You can browse through their profiles by clicking here.
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
QEST, the charitable arm of the RWHA devoted to supporting excellence in British craftsmanship, was delighted to exhibit at the Festival.