If I were to name a single person who truly caught my eye at this past August’s New York International Gift Fair
, I’d say without a doubt it was a distinguished, grey-haired and white-gloved gal standing about 6 inches tall. Her name was Elizabeth. But you might know her as Her Majesty.
Designed by Chris Collicott for the always inventive and frequently eco-friendly design firm Kikkerland
, the Solar Queen
has arrived on American shores just in time for the holidays. And if you’re looking for a holiday gift item for someone (it wouldn’t hurt if they’re an Anglophile) who seems to have everything
, look no further.
HRH is clad in the requisite pearls, white gloves, sensible shoes, and a no-frills dress (available in light blue, pink, or orange). She’s also clutching a purse that just happens to have a miniscule solar panel built into it. Place Elizabeth II in sunlight and a solar powered motor sends her into a royal waving frenzy. Well, not so much of frenzy … more of a robotic yet gentle display of wrist rotation. I recommend placing the Queen in a front window of the home where she can greet the plebeians as they come and go.