The Macallan Diamond Jubilee is one of Macallan’s most prized royal releases, created in celebration of Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne in 2012. Since its release the bottle has been popular on the secondary market amongst both whisky collectors and Royal Family fans. But there are a few things about this iconic bottle that you may not know.
1. There is a dating discrepancy in the Macallan Diamond Jubilee
Well, not a discrepancy, per se, but a deliberate choice regarding when the whisky was bottled.
The Macallan Diamond Jubilee was drawn from the cask on February 8th, to commemorate the date of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. However, Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI, died on February 6th 1952, not the 8th. So, why was the whisky bottled on the 8th of February?
Well, whilst February 6th, 1952 was the date of Elizabeth’s accession, her position as the new Queen was not made official until February 8th 1952. On this day in history, Elizabeth made a personal declaration as Queen in the presence of her husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, and representatives from the Commonwealth.
So, there you have it. The Macallan Diamond Jubilee was bottled not on the date of her father’s death, but on the day that Elizabeth II declared herself to her nation and the Commonwealth.
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2. The Macallan Diamond Jubilee features a number of tributes to Elizabeth II
Macallan paid close attention to detail when creating the Macallan Diamond Jubilee. As a result, there are a number of tributes to the late monarch on the bottle.
The whisky was bottled at 52% ABV, paying homage to the fact that 1952 was the year of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. Only 2,012 bottles were produced, reflecting the year in which the Diamond Jubilee was celebrated.
The bottle also features a ceramic cameo of Her Majesty from her early days as Queen. The cameo is flanked by four ribbons, two of which display Union Flags.
3. Only two English monarchs have ever celebrated a Diamond Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth II is the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, with a reign spanning a very impressive 70 years, 214 days.
She is also the second longest-reigning monarch in the world, being beaten to the post by Louis XIV of France who reigned for 72 years, 100 days.
The second longest-reigning monarch in British history is Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901. As such, Victoria is the only other monarch in British history to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated in 1897, when she was 78 years old. Elizabeth II’s was celebrated in 2012, at the age of 86.
Queen Elizabeth II died on 8th September 2022 at the age of 96 and was succeeded by her son, Charles III.
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