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Posted on Monday 5th March

Fortnum and Mason have launched a Diamond Jubilee gift to be presented to all Armed Forces personnel on active service, at an event attended by the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Fortnum and Mason worked closely with the MOD in creating the 'United Services Tin', which is decorated with Fortnum's signature eau de nil and each Service's insignia, and contains Fortnum's Queen Anne tea and clotted cream digestive biscuits. It is intended to ensure that each recipient may join the rest of the nation in celebrating the unique occasion of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in June.

The inside of the lid is inscribed with the legend:

'Since 1707, Fortnum and Mason has been honoured to serve loyal subjects of the Crown. This offering, to serving military personnel on active service, is a token of our esteem for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Her Armed Forces on the occasion of the Sovereign's Diamond Jubilee.'

A card, giving highlights of Fortnum's historic links with the British Armed Forces, is also enclosed.

15,000 tins have already been sent to ensure that they arrive in good time for the Jubilee weekend.

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