From caviar to cardboard cutouts, businesses hope for a coronation boost

A view of souvenirs designed for the Coronation of Britain’s King Charles in Windsor, Britain, April 29, 2023. REUTERS/Maja Smiejkowska

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON (Reuters) – From tins of caviar to a celebration beer, businesses are seeking to entice royal fans with a slew of products marking the coronation of Britain’s new monarch.

Mugs, plates, tea towels, magnets, cushions and teddy bears are staple memorabilia for royal occasions and an array of these to mark King Charles’ coronation on May 6 are already filling shop windows.

But some retailers are hoping more niche products will also catch the eye of consumers.

FILE PHOTO: Themed merchandise is displayed in a souvenir shop ahead of the coronation of Britain’s King Charles, in London, Britain, April 12, 2023. REUTERS/May James/File Photo

In Windsor, on the outskirts of London and home to the royal residence of Windsor Castle, the Windsor & Eton Brewery has created a new ale, Return of the King, brewed on-site from organic ingredients.


“The name itself really came from a realisation that for the last thousand years … we probably had about 850 years of kings. But … in most of the lifetime of the people in this country, we’ve had a queen,” marketing director Bob Morrison told Reuters on a visit to the brewery.

“So we wanted to recognise that it was a milestone about returning to saying the king.”

Read More: King Charles’ coronation to include an invitation to the public to swear allegiance

Toy brand Matchbox is selling made-to-order 1:64 scale models of the gold state coach, a fixture in royal coronations, while the card game Top Trumps has a new “Kings & Queens” version. Others are selling coronation varieties of the games pass the parcel, bingo and charades.

Biscuit maker McVitie’s has a limited-edition tin that pays homage to Charles and his wife Camilla’s love of nature as well as the monarch’s watercolour painting hobby, while numerous labels and supermarkets are marketing teas or sparkling wines.

Limited Edition

Brand Caviar House & Prunier has a limited edition tin adorned with the Union Jack and the words “His Majesty’s Caviar”, while Premier Foods has celebratory packaging for products including Bisto gravy granules and Ambrosia custard.

Supermarkets have dedicated online pages for products and decorations for coronation parties – and the demand is there.

Read More: Finding economic growth pathways requires attention to governance

John Lewis Partnership, the owner of the eponymous department stores and supermarket chain Waitrose, said last week that searches for coronation products on its website had risen more than 262% in the previous week.

FILE PHOTO: Bar worker Merryn Croft serves a glass of a coronation ale called Return Of The King at the Windsor and Eton Brewery, in Windsor, Britain, April 5, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

Catalogue retailer Argos says one particular piece is faring well among shoppers – a cardboard cut-out of Charles.

“Our royal family selection of cardboard cut-outs have always been a favourite of our customers, with King Charles proving himself to be a top seller,” an Argos spokesperson said.

“Even (‘Frozen’ character) Queen Elsa can’t compete in the run-up to the celebrations.”

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *