The April issue of Romantic Homes did a short feature on the british royal commemoratives being issued to celebrate the upcoming wedding of prince William to Kate Middleton. I have been collecting British commemoratives for over 20 years and thought maybe you would like to see some of my favorites.
This is the messy cupboard most of them live in. Guess I should have straightened up the clutter............
To commemorate her Diamond Jubilee Year, 1897
I found this one in Canada,( one of my favorites)
born Nov 9,1841, died may 6,1910
King George V
commemoratives had already been sold. (can you say Wallace!?)
King George VI
May 12, 1937
my personal favorite royal
(this is a newer mug)
Queen Elizabeth II
A lot of these I have never seen before in antique stores or in researching them. I purchased some of these from an antique dealer that told me they had been in a storage unit in Canada for years and became available when the owner passed away. There were a lot more that I would have liked to have bought IF I would have had unlimited funds!!! For example....a Princess Margaret one....very simple, sort of a pottery like mug. I think I made the mistake of letting my excitement show.....all of the sudden it wasn't for sale. LESSON LEARNED!!!
I have newer ones, one cute Charles cup(when he was a child) I unfortunately dropped and broke. Lots of Charles and Diana, Andrew and Fergie, etc. To me the newer ones lack the charm of the old ones and are almost cheap looking. But that won't stop me from hunting down at least one William and Kate!!
Will you be staying up to watch the wedding? I know, corny, but I probably will. Nobody does pageantry quite like the Brits!! ( I wonder if Rachell Ashwell is going to watch??)