Thursday, 14 April 2011
Dear Tuesday - 12th April 2011 - @MichaeljonF
In just over two weeks we will be witnessing the first major Royal Wedding since Prince Andrew and Fergie got married in 1986. I was too young back then to really notice what was going on, but now it’s getting stupid. Every shop I went to today had something related to the occasion for sale. Mugs, Biscuit Tins, Flags, Postcards, and even a mini-plate set were all on show.
Over the weekend I visited my sister, she actually asked for some merchandise. I decided to try and keep it close to classy so went to Cath Kidston and got her a “Will & Kate Royal Wedding” Tea Towel and reusable bag. Knowing my sister wouldn’t be happy with those I also get her a mini Union Jack and a mini top-hat hair clip. Needless to say she loved them, and I have no doubt on the day she’ll have the hair clip in, waving the flag and washing up with the Tea Towel.
But for me, so far B&Q win the prize for the best merchandise. That’s right, even when looking for a kitchen I found Royal Wedding tat. They have a selection of bunting and flags available, who doesn’t? But the winning item is their Wedding Gnomes, £12.98 each or £20 for two. Really who is going to buy just one, actually who would actually buy one at all?
This got me to thinking, in five years time will anyone still have this, or are people just caught in the moment and impulse buying. Personally I’m looking forward to the day when the gnomes are being featured on The Antiques Roadshow as a “fine example of Kitsch memorabilia from the 2011 Royal Wedding” and of course it’ll be with one of the newspapers from the day, which I’m sure will all have pull-out specials.
In case you didn’t realise the wedding is on 29 April, more information can be found of the official website (http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/), @ClarenceHouse on Twitter will be updating in the run up to the big day, and I expect it’s on Facebook somewhere.