Avant Garden founder and owner Nick Martel has been selected to feature in the official commemorative album to mark the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Titled Her Majesty The Queen: The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album, the book is being produced and published by the Official Platinum Partner St James’s House and will celebrate the remarkable life and reign of Her Majesty. The book will also explore developments in the UK and around the world over the past seven decades and showcase a range of outstanding individuals and organisations from across the country and Commonwealth, all selected for their transformational contribution across the spheres of culture, society, technology and business.

Nick is one of the individuals and organisations to be included in the album. The feature entails a single-page interview with the local businessman, exploring his life and work in Guernsey, how he founded Avant Garden, and how he grew the business from a charming shop in the Channel Islands to having an established national and international online presence selling exquisite garden furnishings specialising in fine cast bronze sculptures.

“Being in the only official book published for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant is amazing; it will sit in people’s homes for years and years and be a lasting commemoration of a momentous occasion,” said Nick.

“I channel so much energy and passion into Avant Garden and it’s incredible to look back and see how much the business has achieved and grown over the past 22 years. To have this recognised and celebrated in such a prestigious publication is an indescribable honour and something I’m incredibly proud of.”

The album is the only official book being published for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant and, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s jubilee weekend, will be launched on 5 June 2022 at a private evening reception hosted by St James’s House at Claridge’s. Nick, as a contributor to the album, has been invited to the celebrations.  

Being part of the official publication for the Pageant goes beyond a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, added Nick. “To not only attend but contribute to what will be a historic celebration and tribute to the Queen’s phenomenal 70-year reign is an extraordinary privilege. I cannot wait to attend the launch event in June and be immersed in what is anticipated to be a reawakening of the creative sector.”

The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album is currently available to pre-order at www.stjamess.org and once published will be available to purchase online and in all good book retailers.