Penhaligon’s limited edition perfume is fit for a queen

A royal edition lily of the valley flacon honours Queen Elizabeth II’s Sapphire Jubilee

Penhaligon’s limited edition Lily of the Valley, £650 for 225ml EDT
Penhaligon’s limited edition Lily of the Valley, £650 for 225ml EDT

In 1976, the very first bottles of Penhaligon’s Lily of the Valley scent were released – and in honour of Her Majesty’s Sapphire Jubilee year, the perfumer (and holder of two Royal Warrants) has created a limited edition crystal bottle (£650) version containing 225ml of the iconic perfume. Just 65 have been produced to mark each year since the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, and a percentage of the proceeds from this collectors’ item will go towards QEST, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which raises funds for the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople.

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The perfume bottle has been designed with niche lead crystal manufacturer Silver Tree Crystal in Dorset, and the bows are hand-embroidered with the limited edition number. The scent itself captures an interpretation of the flowers’ short bloom in May. Top notes of citrus and bergamot give way to a rose, ylang ylang, jasmine and – naturally – lily of the valley heart, while the base notes of sandalwood and oakmoss strengthen the composition, giving it staying power. Very much like the Queen herself. 

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