Course summary

Be they objects of magnificence, diplomacy or lesser day-to-day pieces, the ceramic objects commissioned by, received by or used by the British Royal Family paint a much more intimate than official histories do.

In this new Royal china webinar, noted ceramics expert and The English Manner’s historical advisor, Steven Moore, explores the ceramics in both the public and private collections of the British Royal Family reflecting the private taste and public ambitions of individual monarchs via their collections of ceramics.

Beginning with the origins of porcelain itself and how it came to the West, we then move on to Royal Commemoratives, followed by a look at the taste of noted Royal Collectors, such as the Prince Regent and Queen Mary.

The webinar will close by looking at the private taste of Queen Elizabeth II (including a ceramic story from her very last official photograph) and that of His Majesty The King and Royal ceramic designers.

Questions can be asked throughout. A replay is not available.


Course information


28th November 2023

4 - 5pm UK time



  • 60-minute lecture
  • Opportunity to ask questions throughout
  • A reply is, regrettably, not available

Webinar speakers

Steven Moore

Webinar presenter

Steven is a natural communicator with decades of experience in both public speaking and television presenting, as well as a respected voice on tableware and its history and a proven creative force in their contemporary manufacture, design, marketing and retail. Steven has worked as an antiques dealer, auctioneer and museum curator and is a published author and writer for magazines such as Country Life, Gardens Illustrated, and World of Interiors.

He is best known for his appearances on the BBC’s antiques programming, particularly Antiques Roadshow, where he has been a regular expert since 2003, and Antiques Roadtrip, since 2019.

Steven is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.

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William Hanson

Webinar host

William joined The English Manner in 2008 before taking ownership in 2019.  He is widely regarded as the freshest and most trusted authority on etiquette and civility, with his relative youth and old-fashioned values making him an arbiter of modern manners.

Based in London, William’s work sees him teach in the UK and all over the world, including in Europe, America, China, south-east Asia and GCC countries. He is a trusted advisor and trainer to many official households, embassies, businesses and academic institutes.

He is a regular contributor to global media as an etiquette expert and believes good manners and etiquette are based on common sense and should be universal.

Very interesting webinar, with a lot of details and great stories! Mr. Moore and Mr. Hanson are clearly experts in their fields.

— Isabelle

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A great source of information. The host of the webinar responded with a wealth of information to all questions asked by the participants. Despite being a webinar the host really seemed responsive and engaged with his audience.

— Moira

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