Beloved British artist to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee with commemorative T-shirt

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years on the throne this June. (Getty Images)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years on the throne this June. (Getty Images)

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This year marks 70 years on the throne for the Queen, who succeeded on February 6, 1952 aged 25 following the death of her father, King George VI.

Fast-forward seven decades and Her Majesty has seen 14 different prime ministers of the UK and presidents of the USA in her time on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth is the first-ever monarch to reach the Platinum Jubilee milestone, so it's no wonder Buckingham Palace wants to celebrate the occasion as much as possible.

And what better way to commemorate the achievements of Her Majesty’s 70-year tenure as head of state than with a wide variety of memorabilia.

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The latest Platinum Jubilee memorabilia to be added to the commemorative roster is a special Platinum Jubilee T-shirt designed by artist, author and illustrator, Charlie Mackesy.

The British artist – who never went to art school – started out a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press, before exhibiting drawings in London, New York, and Edinburgh.

Mackesy has become particularly well-known for his drawings of hope throughout the pandemic and other challenging times such as the crisis in Ukraine, and his beloved book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

Charlie Mackesy's Platinum Jubilee T-shirt will be available from May 12. (Royal Collection)
Charlie Mackesy's Platinum Jubilee T-shirt will be available from May 12. (Royal Collection)

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The T-shirt features his famous characters, the boy and the mole, along with a heart-shaped Union Jack and the words “Thank you Ma’am” beneath in Mackesy’s signature script.

The commemorative T-shirt recognising the dedication and service of Her Majesty, will be available online from the Royal Collection Trust shop website and Royal Collection Trust Shops in London, Windsor and Edinburgh from May 12, and can also be purchased in the Royal Parks over the central Jubilee weekend in June.

Can’t wait that long to get your hands on a piece of memorabilia? Keep scrolling for some of the best commemorative pieces available now.

Best Platinum Jubilee memorabilia to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II

Fortnum's Platinum Jubilee Bag for Life | £12.95 from Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum's St James Tea for Two Set | £395 from Fortnum & Mason

Silken Favours Jubilee Silk Print Scarf, Navy, Red & Eau de Nil | £150.00 from Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum's Platinum Jubilee Gingerbread Iced Biscuits, 30g | £17.95 from Fortnum & Mason

70 Glorious Years Platinum Jubilee Tea Towel | £12 from Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 'God Save The Queen' Mug | £22 from Emma Bridgewater

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medium Shallow Tin | £10 from Emma Bridgewater

Harrods Small Queen's Platinum Jubilee Shopper Bag | £25 from Harrods

Halcyon Days Platinum Jubilee Mug | £49 from Harrods

Harrods Platinum Jubilee Mug | £25 from Harrods

Platinum Jubilee Light Up Scented Candle | £9.50 from Marks & Spencer

Pure Cotton Platinum Jubilee Tote Bag | £6.00 from Marks and Spencer

John Lewis & Partners Queen's Platinum Jubilee Bunting Tote Bag | £5.00 from John Lewis & Partners

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Celebration | £9.99 from Liberty London

The Queen: 70 years of Majestic Style | £18.99 from Waterstones

The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen 2022 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin | £10 from The Royal Mint

Victoria Eggs Queen's Platinum Jubilee Biscuits | £8.50 from Victoria Eggs

The Queen Elizabeth II Bear Platinum Jubilee Edition by Merrythought | £275 from Merry Thought

Cartwright & Butler Limited Edition Platinum Jubilee Biscuit Collection | £16 from Cartwright & Butler

Platinum Jubilee Souvenir Spoons | £35 from The Royal Collection

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