‘The Empire on which the Sun never sets’

My Grandmother’s ceramic ‘Empire’ Globe manufactured to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VIII

I’ve a response posting for you today and specifically for a Blogger (all readers welcome) I’ve just recently started following, however I won’t name their blog here for fear of embarrassment. Hmm perhaps I should have begun my WordPress adventure with an orderly structured blog written around themes, rather than whatever ‘interesting’ topic floods my imagination that day?

All good fun.

You’ll have guessed by now after reading today’s Title, I’m sharing 5 photographs of my Grandmother’s ceramic ‘Empire’ Globe placed carefully upon a card table in my mother’s conservatory, cutting a short story shorter, because of the health dangers surrounding COVID-19 also my mother’s age means I only ever sit in her conservatory! Sad times 😦 .

Incidentally Eagle eyed readers may well have read the inscription encircling the base, if you haven’t it reads:

To commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VIII May 12th 1937

….….. and those of you who know your Kings and Queens of the British Realm will be aware Edward VIII was never ever crowned! He abdicated his thrown so as to marry his true love Wallace Simpson, a political scandal of the day which by all accounts nearly brought the Monarchy crashing down! Complete rubbish of course, I’m old enough to understand each and every year for these past 1000 years at least one member of our Royal family has disgraced themselves, yet to the dismay of many a Republican the House of Windsor always survives and stumbles on.

(You may be one step ahead of me again now drawing parallels between Edward and Wallace also the ‘Duke and Duchess of Canada’ 😀 Prince Harry and Megan, incidentally misogynism and xenophobic similarities of course don’t end there, divorcee Wallace Simpson was hated by the British press much the same as ‘money grabbing’ Megan is now and the reason she’s fled these shores, yep Meg’s decided she’d rather live abroad taking Harry with her (lol not that I’m particularly worried) but a terribly sad ending.) 

Oh yes returning to my Grandmother’s Globe!

When visiting my Grandparent’s home as a child without fail I’d ask my Grandma if I could touch and look at it more closely. So after removing from the mahogany framed china cabinate, and with me seated at the dining room table, Grandma would gently place the Globe in front of me so that I could carefully turn by hand. And why was I captivated by this unusual piece of pottery you may ask? I still am actually, in all my born years I’ve not seen the like of this ‘novelty’ again. I remember as a child marvelling that however slowly you rotated this globe by one revolution, a country painted red would ALWAYS be visible………. yes way back in the day 1937, the Great British Empire stretched across 64 countries and through the wonders of Wikipedia here they all are! (Btw the sheer number of countries was news to me!)

Afghanistan, Antiga and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Egypt, Estwatini, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone. Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Georgia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vanatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

64 countries (note including the USA) who have since gained independence from Great Britain, hmm a sobering list don’t you agree, I’ll say no more because this is a politics free Blog but where did it all go wrong 😀 ? (Of course that’s if you’re British!)

So there you are, my Grandmother’s ceramic ‘Empire’ Globe which now resides in my mother’s china cabinet, I’m really unsure if it’s worth a great deal of money then again our Globe is a family heirloom which will be passed onto generations to come, as for rarity? I’ve not seen the like of it again and thousands of commemorative plates mugs and memorabilia were produced bearing the name King Edward VIII so no value there.

The British Empire comprised the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates, and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom and its predecessor states. It originated with the overseas possessions and trading posts established by England between the late 16th and early 18th centuries. At its height, it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. By 1913, the British Empire held sway over 412 million people, 23% of the world population at the time, and by 1920, it covered 35,500,000 km², 24% of the Earth’s total land area. As a result, its political, legal, linguistic, and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase “the empire on which the sun never sets” was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse around the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories.


…………….and even though over 40 years have passed I still enjoy gazing upon our lol once Great British Empire…… lol I’m saying no more! 😀

(Btw this post isn’t me lamenting the fact Britain no longer has an Empire, I’ll leave you readers to guess the context for a Response posting.)


A. Shepherdson 2020

6 thoughts on “‘The Empire on which the Sun never sets’

  1. Great response! I love that the little Empire Globe is to commemorate a coronation that never happened. That must make it extra special! Nice history of the British Empire, although I’m pretty sure most of those countries were more than ready for their Independence when it came.

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