Col­lec­tion that’s fit for roy­alty

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

HAMIL­TON woman Bar­bara Hig­gins has stum­bled across a mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion fit for a king … or prince in this case.

The ac­cu­mu­la­tion of royal fam­ily mem­o­ra­bilia col­lected over 70-years was des­tined for the tip when Ms Hig­gins came across it in a sec­ond-hand store in Oat­lands.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes old mag­a­zine edi­tions fea­tur­ing royal fam­ily mem­bers, posters, col­lec­tor photo al­bums, royal visit sou­venir pro­grams from 1952 -1954, scrap­books, painted por­traits and a large fam­ily tree.

Among the more than 100 bits and pieces is a 1954 copy of the Mer­cury with Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Prince Philip on the front page and a spe­cial liftout in hon­our of their visit.

Ms Hig­gins be­lieves the col­lec­tion has been handed down through gen­er­a­tions and would make an ideal wed­ding gift for Prince Harry and his fi­ancee, Amer­i­can ac­tor Meghan Markle.

“Who­ever col­lected it in the first place must have thought a lot of the fam­ily to keep it all,” she said.

“I’d like to see Prince Harry and his wife to be end up with it. I just think it’s a part of his­tory that should be kept. I re­ally think that be­cause some­one has gone to so much trou­ble to put it to­gether and keep it, I would re­ally like to hon­our them.”

Ms Hig­gins said she doubts the royal fam­ily would have all of the items in their archives, and they would be nice for Harry and Me­gan to have in their fam­ily home to show their fu­ture chil­dren.

Al­ter­na­tively, Ms Hig­gins said she would like to see the col­lec­tion out on dis­play some­where, or put into the State Archives.

Pic­tures: MATT THOMP­SON

TREA­SURE TROVE: Bar­bara Hig­gins with part of the col­lec­tion of royal mem­o­ra­bilia at the New Nor­folk Li­brary.

RIGHT ROYAL STUFF: Items in the col­lec­tion in­clude a 1954 royal visit com­mem­o­ra­tive book­let, left, and two spe­cial edi­tions of the Mer­cury cel­e­brat­ing the royal visit, cen­tre, and the Queen’s coro­na­tion.

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