NIL, Ill., September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the world mourns the loss of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth IIa company pays tribute in a truly unique way.
Situated in Niles, Ill.just outside ChicagoThe Bradford Exchange, a global leader in marketing and e-commerce for nearly 50 years, has a long-standing relationship with the Royal Family and Queen Elizabeth II through their art-based product offerings. They also keep a very special piece of royal history on their Chicagoland office premises.
At the end of the 1970s, the company’s founder Rod MacArthur bought a 1957 Rolls Royce at auction. While this instantly recognizable marque is recognized as the highest standard of British automotive luxury and is used by many heads of state and world leaders, the Rolls Royce that MacArthur bought has a fascinating history of its own.
It was built for the Queen Mother (the late King of George VI wife, and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II) and first used on the Royal Tour of Rhodesia in 1957. At the time, Queen Elizabeth II was 31 and only five years into her reign as the new queen, so her mother made the trip on her behalf. The exact same car was later used by the Royal Family and Queen Elizabeth II in the UK.
Because this Rolls Royce is such an incredible piece of history, the company pulled it from storage shortly after Royal Communications announced the Queen’s death. It was bittersweet for their owner-employees and gave them the opportunity to remember Her Majesty in a special way. Definitely, of Queen Elizabeth II her extraordinary life, her dedicated service to her nation and her people, and the mark she left on the world will not be soon forgotten.
Bernard FraserChairman of The Bradford Exchange Worldwide said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family, the British people and those who mourn the Queen all over the world. In our own little way, we wanted to pay tribute to this magnificent lady. Owning a piece of royal history, we put the Rolls Royce on display and laid a wreath of white lilies and lilies of the valley – Elizabeth’s favorite flower – to honor her life and legacy.”
Additionally, to honor the Queen’s duty and dedication over the years, the Bradford Exchange has donated £50,000 to the Royal Foundation. The Royal Foundation is the charity administered by the Prince and Princess of Wales who has focused his philanthropic efforts on conservation, early childhood, seniors, mental health and emergencies.
ABOUT THE BRADFORD EXCHANGE: The Bradford Exchange is the market leader in affinity-based art and design, advertising and delivering a variety of unique product forms direct to the consumer. Since 1973, the company has partnered with some of the world’s most acclaimed artists, popular licenses and manufacturers creating original, innovative and exclusive collectibles, home décor, jewelry and more. A trusted resource for passion-based artistic designs that bring joy and value to its customers.
SOURCE Bradford Exchange Group