HEREND, Hungary–In celebration of the 160th anniversary of its Queen Victoria dinnerware pattern, tabletop maker Herend recently created a new version of the design and presented it to Prince William and Princess Catherine. The pattern will also be available at retail and on display at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market next month.
Dominated by shades of lavender and green, the 45-piece set of Royal Garden was presented to the royal couple on the eve of their wedding by Hungarian Ambassador János Csák in London. Herend is a Hungarian-based company.
Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Sir David William Brewer accepted the gift on behalf of the royal couple and said Prince William “holds Herend in high regard and appreciates such a uniquely personal gift,” according to a statement from Herend. Herend’s classic Queen Victoria pattern was first purchased in 1851 by Queen Victoria, who saw it in London at the first Great Exhibition, which later became known as the World’s Fair.
Throughout Herend’s 185-year history more than 20 royal families worldwide have owned Herend, according to the tabletop company, including Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The couple owned Herend dinnerware in both the Rothschild Bird and Blue Garland patterns, and a family tradition became delighting Princess Diana with a Herend figurine in her stocking each Christmas.
The Royal Garden dinnerware pattern will be introduced this summer in the United States, where it will be available through Herend’s 300 U.S. retail distributors.