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Luxury exhibit in Taipei marks Queen's Diamond Jubilee

2012/06/22 16:20:00

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Luxury cars, an expensive whisky and other products used by the British royal family were among the items on display at an event in Taipei on Thursday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne.

David Campbell, director of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, said the office celebrates the queen's official birthday in June each year, but this year has made it "extra special" by launching the one-day exhibition.

Campbell said the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a "very special landmark for the U.K."

Among the items on display are nine luxury cars, including a 1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, an exclusive model that was being manufactured 1968-1991. Queen Elizabeth II's fleet of cars included two Phantom VIs that were made to celebrate her 25th year on the throne.

Kate Middleton, who married Prince William last year, arrived at her wedding at Westminster Abbey in London in a 1977 Phantom VI.

The cars will be on display at the Regent Taipei until Friday.

Also showcased at the event Thursday was a limited edition Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whiskey by John Walker and Sons.

The whiskey, valued at NT$5 million (US$167,341), was presented in a diamond-shaped crystal decanter, one of 60 that were produced in the limited edition. The whisky was distilled in 1952 when the Queen ascended the throne.

The exhibits also included a limited edition bone china vase decorated with the royal crest and emblems, a foot guard's dress tunic designed in 1920, and a British style modern blazer.

Queen Elizabeth is the only monarch in British history, other than Queen Victoria, to celebrate a diamond jubilee.

(By Christie Chen)