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Jubilee Windsor chair: presented by the Royal Forestry Society at Buckingham Palace to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee

Date Issued: 12 February 2013

 

A unique Windsor chair made from the best of UK-sourced elm and yew, and commissioned by the Royal Forestry Society to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, has been presented at Buckingham Palace.

The chair, inspired by one of the earliest surviving comb-back Forest chairs dating from 1725, was designed and crafted using traditional skills and timber by Coventry-based Sitting Firm.

Traditionally, Windsor Chair seats were always made in elm, which is now hard to source as a result of Dutch elm disease, but a parcel of very big-girth elm trees with great colour and character was found in Inverness and proved ideal for a one-piece chair seat. Yew wood, which has outstanding grain pattern and colour, was sourced from Dorset for the remainder of the chair.

Royal Forestry Society President Nick Halsey said: “The Royal Forestry Society is very honoured to have had the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen for 60 years. We would like to recognise this achievement by giving Her Majesty a hand-carved Windsor chair, with the Society’s emblem and made of British hardwoods, as a token of our thanks and of our esteem and admiration.”

The chair was presented at Buckingham Palace on February 12 and received by Deputy Master of the Royal Household Edward Griffiths. It will be placed in one of the estate lodges at Sandringham.

Jubilee Windsor chair: presented by the RFS at Buckingham Palace to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Chair creator Dave Green, left, and RFS President Nick Halsey, right, with the unique Windsor chair commissioned by the RFS to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Jubilee Windsor chair: presented by the RFS at Buckingham Palace to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Chair creator Dave Green, left, and RFS President Nick Halsey, right, with the unique Windsor chair commissioned by the RFS to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee