21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Historic Royal Palaces Emma Saunders

It’s the 21st of December, and therefore the final 21 Days of Christmas – in which we Celebrate with… Emma Saunders, Head of Retail Business Development at Historic Royal Palaces, who believes regal designs – from fine jewellery to floral fashions – are the order of the day for Christmas (both personally and professionally).

How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?
In the Wiltshire countryside with family and friends.

What gift are you hoping to receive in your stocking?
The Tudor Court pendant from our latest licensed collection of jewellery with Clogau Gold. It has a wonderful history and provenance and is also incredibly sparkly. [See below for more]

What is your favourite family tradition?
Christmas day lunch, watching the Queen’s speech at 3pm followed by a country walk.

Favourite festive film and song?
Love Actually and Harry Belafonte singing festive songs.

Best place to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere?
The carol concert in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

Top tip for surviving the festive season in style?
Lots of bubbles to drink and lots of sparkles to wear!

Festive gifting at Historic Royal Palaces

The Tudor Court collection by Clogau Gold with Historic Royal Palaces is inspired by the intricate quatrefoil carvings on Anne Boleyn’s Gateway at Hampton Court Palace, a lasting reminder of one of the most famous and compelling love stories in royal British history – and perfect to give as a gift this Christmas.

The range consists of a pendant, earrings and ring. Each piece has been beautifully designed in sterling silver and 9ct rose gold, set with sparkling white topaz and expertly hand finished.

As well as making jewellery of the highest quality, befitting of our royal past, Clogau Gold have their own royal connection which further strengthens the relevance of our licensing partnership. For almost 100 years, up to and including the recent wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the royal family have used Welsh gold in their wedding rings. Some of this very same rare Welsh gold is contained within every piece of Clogau jewellery, making it some of the most exclusive jewellery in the world.


HOBBS, one of Historic Royal Palaces official licensees, has created The Palace Collection No. 11 for the festive season. This gorgeous range of clothing and accessories takes its inspiration from the passion flower, which was first planted in the magnificent gardens of Hampton Court Palace in the late 17th century by keen botanist and collector Queen Mary II, and can still be seen in the gardens today.

The botanical muse has been interpreted onto pieces such as the oyster silk passion flower blouse and the ochre velvet exotics dress,

In the late 17th century, Hampton Court Palace held one of the finest botanical collections in the world, as King William III and Queen Mary II were passionate collectors of tender exotic plants. Their plant collection consisted of 2,000 different species and they sourced the exotic plants from Sri Lanka, North America and Barbados.

The botanical design seen throughout the collection is inspired by paintings from the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society, who paint and draw the plants growing in the gardens and glasshouses of the palace. The passion flower and artwork from the Florilegium Society are featured throughout the AW18 collection, most prominently on the Passiflora dress and coat.


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