Royal Crown Derby Royal Baby 2013 Gadroon Plate

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June Branscombe has produced many designs to commemorate Royal events over the years, and each is full of symbolism and meaning. This year's Royal Baby Commemorative Collection is no exception. The inspiration for the pattern comes from patterns developed in the 1970's for the Queen Mother after she had 'pressed' a gadroon plate on a visit to the Royal Crown Derby factory. June designed a light scatter pattern for the shape, which was given to the Queen Mother. This year's design, created to honor the new Royal Baby, includes downy feathers of a young cygnet, a rose in bud, and a blue Adonis butterfly, all signifying new life. The Butterfly is shown both in flight and at rest with its wings tucked up, showing the difference in colour of the underside of the wings. The centrepiece of the design is Prince William's coronet sitting on top of an arrangement of blue rose buds tied with a ribbon. The central inscription is surrounded by a circle of shells taken from Princess Diana's Spencer coat of arms. Other pieces in this collection include the Loving Cup, the Heart Tray, and the Mini Loving Cup.