Anita Atkinson from County Durham is a life-long Royalist, her interest in all things Royal beginning as a small child when her mother told her stories about the love story of the century between Edward Vlll and his lover, Wallis Simpson.Anita’s parents were married in 1936 - the year of the three kings - and always had Royal memorabilia around the house as she was growing up in the 1950s. In 1977, when HM The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee, Anita celebrated her 21st birthday and the collection of memorabilia that turned into a Guinness World record began in earnest.‘It was a very special year for both The Queen and I,”, she said. “Everywhere you looked, the Silver jubilee was being celebrated so I couldn’t help but begin a collection, not that I expected it to grow into what it eventually did - 7000 items and counting!”Anita has attended many Royal events, even sleeping on the streets of London to secure her place at the front of the barriers. She is often seen on television and over the years has appeared on the Antiques roadshow, the Antiques Roadtrip, This Morning, Loose women, The wright Stuff, Have I Got News for you, as well as countless appearances on local radio and TV news. She even starred in a Channel 4 documentary about her passion for the Monarchy and as she said; ‘ the collection happened by accident, my research over the last 35 years on the history of the Monarchy has made me a firm believer in a Constitutional Monarchy as a form of government. I will defend it with my last breath.”Anita has given talks to groups around the northern region, raising money for local charities for over 30 yearsAnita, a mother of three and grandmother of three, celebrates every Royal event at home - or in London - and is renowned nationally for her passion. In 2012 - Diamond Jubilee year - she decided to do something different. Aided by her friend, Christine Dodd, she set up the very first Royal Tea Room in the country, in the nearby rural village of Stanhope.They dressed it with Union Jack furniture, which Anita had painted herself over the preceding months; used the vast collection of vintage and Royal china she had collected and vintage tablecloths. She positively filled the little hall rented from the local church with items of Royal memorabilia and before long the tea room had hit the international headlines.Visitors began pouring in from all corners of the world, the small town of Stanhope had never witnessed anything like it! Queues formed down the street, especially at 3pm when Anita would play the National Anthem on a helium balloon and expect everyone to stand. Woe betide anyone who didn’t and was promptly asked to leave!
Now Anita, has opened the world’s first museum dedicated to the British monarchy on the farm where she lives. She has converted an old dairy to include 3,500 items of Royal memorabilia, some of her record-breaking collection. you will be able to browse this memorabilia that stretches over 200 years of the British monarchy from the tragic 19th century Princess Charlotte who died in childbirth in 1817 to our own little Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Come along and listen to Royal recordings from George V to the present Royal family; watch a cine film of the coronation; browse the hundreds of magazines, books and newspapers - read about Queen Victoria's coronation on an original newspaper from 1838 or re-live the abdication crisis in a series of original newspapers.
Anita will give you an entertaining talk about the history of the Monarchy, her own personal experiences and answer your 'burning' questions. All the while, you can enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, home-made cake and a scone with clotted cream and jam. Price is just £8 per person with pre-booked groups for a minimum of eight people.
Telephone now to book your party in for an unique afternoon or evening: 07798748828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org