Victoria England Spitfire Limited Edition blanket
The Victoria England Spitfire Limited Edition blanket was designed to coincide with the unveiling of the Spitfire Monument, donated by Britain, and which is part of Lesotho's 50th Independence Celebration in 2016.
The Spitfire fighter aircraft, which became famous during World War II, has an interesting connection with the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
- In 1868, Basutoland (now Lesotho) became a British protectorate. King Moshoeshoe referred to this historic event as "Spreading the Blanket of Protection'' over the Mountain Kingdom. Queen Victoria had a close relationship with the Basutoland and was loved and respected by the Basotho people. To celebrate her visit to the Kingdom during her jubilee year, the Victoria England blanket was developed. Today, the Victoria England brand is still a much desired status symbol treasured by the people of Lesotho.
- During World War II, Lesotho gave Britain 24 Spitfire fighter aircraft as a token of appreciation for the many years of British protection. This generous contribution by the small country equipped two complete RAF squadrons. This Squadron, known as "No 72 Basutoland'', is one of the few World War II RAF Squadrons still in existence today.
As part of this historic event the Victoria England Spitfire Limited Edition blanket is sure to become a sought after collection blanket.