Collection that’s fit for royalty
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.
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.