Dubai Duty Free celebrates Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Dubai Duty Free marked The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the presentation of a gift to Her Majesty’s Racing Manager, John Warren, at the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend at Newbury Racecourse on April 17.
Commissioned by Dubai Duty Free from court jewellers Cleave & Company, who hold Royal Warrants as regular providers of goods and services to Queen Elizabeth, the unique piece comprised a sterling silver horseshoe-shaped dish mounted with a gold-plated sterling silver racing plate and incorporating a platinum rosette holding a small brilliant cut diamond, paying tribute to Her Majesty’s Jubilee celebrations past and present.
In the centre of the dish is a hand-cut detailed image of Her Majesty on horseback in the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Guards riding to her first birthday parade as sovereign on April 5, 1952.
The presentation was made in Newbury’s Royal Box by Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Colm McLoughlin accompanied by wife Breeda, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President - Corporate Services and Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President - Marketing.
Ahead of racing on the opening day of the fixture on April 16, McLoughlin and Tahlak joined Directors of Newbury Racecourse for a tree-planting ceremony forming part of The Queen’s Green Canopy Campaign.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative created in association with the Woodland Trust to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
A Hilleri Spire was planted outside Newbury Racecourse’s Owners’ Club and bears a plaque dedicating the variety of flowering cherry to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.
McLoughlin said: “We are grateful to Newbury Racecourse for providing us with these two very special opportunities to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“We are honored that Her Majesty has graced the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend with her presence on many occasions in the past and hope she will enjoy watching the cherry tree planted in honor of her Platinum Jubilee flourish in time to come.”