queens diamond jubilee
 
The third and fourth generations of the Walkers family which has produced the renowned shortbread for 114 years at Walkers Shortbread bakery in the Scottish Highlands, has launched a 15.8 oz special edition, commemorative tin to honor the Queen's 60th year, Diamond Jubilee.
 
Walkers was founded in 1898. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897
 
Queen Elizabeth II will officially kick off her Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace on the weekend of June 2-5, 2012 before embarking on a yearlong world tour.
 
The Queen came to the throne on February 6, 1952 and her coronation took place on June 2, 1952. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. Diamond Jubilee celebrations are planned throughout the United Kingdom, including a River Pageant on the Thames, a concert at Buckingham Palace and the lighting of 2012 beacons throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
 
In anticipation of this event Walkers Shortbread bakery’s design competition was hosted by Buckingham Palace and the BBC's blue ribbon program for children between the ages of ten and fourteen. With 35,000 submitted entered, the winner, ten-year-old Katherine Dewar's came up with the one-of-a-kind collectors’ tin winning image.
 
The selection of Walkers’ shortbread cookies inside the tin is a selection of all-natural shortbread cookies, including ten triangle shortbread cookies, five shortbread rounds, five oval shortbread cookies, three shortbread fingers and four chocolate chip shortbread cookies all suitable for vegetarians and certified kosher OUD.
 
The 15.8 oz commemorative tin will be available in the family’s  original retail shop in Aberlour in the Highlands and at www.walkersus.com.
 

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