Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953. She will celebrate her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. This past September 16th, she became England’s longest reining monarch, even surpassing Queen Victoria. She rode to her coronation in England’s famed Gold State Coach and rode it 25 years later for her Silver Jubilee and again for her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The coach is a gilded vehicle, complete with mythological carvings and paintings.
A world away from Royal palaces and coaches, her Romany subjects, popularly known as Gypsies, also loved the gilt decorations and lavish colors of their own vehicles. Their highly painted wagons are decorated with symbols revolving around horses. Over the years, people have flocked to London’s Royal Mews to see the Gold State Coach, and many others have visited the Marshall collection of Gypsy Vardos exhibited here at the Fryeburg Fair. It seems appropriate to exhibit these two dissimilar but historically connected vehicles for these historic occasions. Margaret and Sut Marshall welcome you warmly to this 2015 “glittering” exhibit.
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