Today’s spoon is a souvenir of Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.
My mother-in-law, Margie, picked this spoon, and dictated the post to me as follows:
“Oh! The Coronation! We had to watch this on TV, and it was in black and white on a 6 inch screen, I think—When did TV come out?—and there was a magnifying glass on it so you could see better. And if your TV didn’t work you had to go down to the TV store and get a tube and then you’d replace the tube. But to get back to the spoon, it was really amazing to watch her and her gown was beautiful and her frickin robe with all the crap was amazing and I probably just wanted to be outside playing. Anyway, she should step down, she’s old. But I guess if Charles was my son I wouldn’t want him ruling either.”
My mother-in-law is staying with me, which is awesome, because I’m quite tired of writing about spoons and she said she’d help.
Today’s spoon celebrates the Queen Mum’s 100th birthday, which was on August 4, 2000. I handed the spoon to Margie and told her to feel it, but don’t look at what it was.
She described the spoon thusly: “It’s got a lump in the bowl. How the heck am I supposed to eat with this?”
On July 29, 1981, the whole world watched as the heir to the throne of England, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
And this mess of a spoon commemorates that event. Yes, those are portraits of the royal couple, most likely done in oil pastel on the back of a receipt and then shrunk down to fit on the top of the handle. One of a kind!
The back of the spoon gives all the vital details of the big event, juuuust in case you didn’t know who they were from their incredibly lifelike portraits on the front.
Fun Fact: Princess Diana’s train on her dress was 25 feet long—which about four Princess Dianas stacked end to end!