Gone are the days of tea-towels and tat. 2011 will be remembered for the year Royal memorabilia became fashionable again. From Emma Bridgewater pottery to Jan Constantine cushions; 2011 will be remembered for the year Royal memorabilia became fashionable again.
1. Emma Bridgewater â€“ The One Pint Mug â€“ baring the name of Kate & William, the date of the wedding and an illustration of Westminster Abbey this huge mug will ensure you are never short of tea.
Price â€“ steep Â£39.95 but bound to become a collectorâ€™s item.
2. Jan Constantine â€“ The Mini Love Britannia Cushion â€“ not specifically a Royal Wedding item but who couldn’t think of William and Kate when looking at patriotic cushion embroidered with the Union Jack and the words LOVE.
Price â€“ Â£48.50
3. KK Outlet â€“ Thanks for the free day off plate â€“ for those non Royalists who are just grateful for an extra bank holiday this year, this is the perfect piece of memorabilia, created in trendy Hoxton in east London. The set of five also includes a plate with the message ‘It should have been me’
Price â€“ Â£75 for the set
4. Subversive Cross Stitch and Mr X Stitch – Create your own tapestry cushion with the cross stitch pattern which declares “Keep Calm and Marry On”. The modern twist on the World War II classic poster Keep Calm and Carry On. The subheading reads: “A wedding brought to you in association with the Coalition Government.” You can choose your own colors but the example is decked out in Tory Blue.
5. Donna Wilson – William and Kate gloves – a not-so-tacky wedding souvenir is found in these handmade lambswool gloves from Scotland. The camel knitwear comes with Wills and Kate written on the wrist of each glove. The left hand clearly belongs to Kate and sports an engagement ring on the requisite finger.
Price – Â£35
6. Mr and Mrs Wales – this website is home to a plethora of irreverent items devoted to the wedding of Prince William and Kate. Favorites include an apron bearing the logo This is Not a Royal Wedding 2011 Commemorative Apron, a t-shirt which reads “I snogged Harry on the stag” and a mug that states: “Will and Kate’s jolly posh royal wedding 29 April 2011.” For those who are truly delusional another t-shirt declares: “Wills asked me first.” Socially ambitious pet-owners can buy their pooch a dog coat emblazoned with “Official Royal Wedding Corgi” under a suitably regal crest.
Price – assuming that the Americans might be even more obsessed with royalty than the Brits because it’s a US site so you may have to pay shipping; probably goods worth buying in bulk that range up to $80.
7. Early Learning Centre – HappyLand Royal Wedding Set – allow your children to join in the celebrations with this lego play set. ELC says the figures show “Prince William and Kate in a gold trimmed horse-drawn carriage while The Queen, Prince Phillip and their favorite Corgi are protected by a Royal Cavalry soldier in full uniform and a foot soldier wearing a smart red jacket and bearskin helmet”.
Price – Â£15 (for children 18 months to four years)
8. Cole of London – wedding mugs – not the most flattering of images of the happy couple but certainly bright and cheerful. Sarah Cole specializes in mugs with historical dates that people need to remember – “mugs for thinking while drinking”. The royal wedding is the latest in her designs which include famous Kings and Queens of England.
Price – Â£10