A 101-YEAR-old Redditch resident who collects royal memorabilia has commemoration mugs from the past two coronations with the oldest dating back 11 years before she was born.
That oldest piece is a coronation mug for the crowning of King George V and his wife Queen Mary, the emperor and empress of India, at Westminster Abbey on June 22, 1911.
The collector was also alive for the coronation of King George VI after Edward VIII abdicated in December 1936, just a few months before his planned coronation.
Her collection also features a celebratory mug painted with portraits of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II who were crowned at the coronation originally planned for Edward VIII at Westminster Abbey on May 12, 1937.
She also witnessed the coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953 and has a biscuit tin adorned with the Royal Crown and sketches of prominent royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral Castle.
The Redditch collector witnessed a monarch being sworn in for the third time in her lifetime on Saturday when King Charles and Queen Camilla were crowned at Westminster Abbey.
She said: “I certainly won’t see another one, so Saturday was a wonderful day and a special occasion.”