It’s no secret that I am obsessed with Britain’s royal family (I wrote about Kate and William’s engagement in November), so with only four days to go until the big day for Kate Middleton and her Prince William, my royal obsession is in full effect!
I’ve been setting my DVR like a fiend to record all of the programs that are currently airing about Kate and William’s romance, retrospectives on previous royal weddings, updated bios on the royal family, and even that god-awful (but I just couldn’t look away) William and Kate, which was a dramatization of their romance up to the wedding (I preferred Funny or Die’s Will and Kate: Before Happily Ever After). I guess it’s fitting, since I did the exact same thing when Diana got married.
When I was in London, I couldn’t resist looking at all of the memorabilia that was on display in countless shop windows. I had so much fun looking at all the different pieces you could buy to commemorate the day: keychains, coffee mugs, magnets, pens, tees, coins, bells, tea, plates, spoons, pillows, nail polish, buttons, Pez dispensers, bobble heads, pill boxes, party masks, ashtrays, books, flags, stamps, jewelry and various hats. As you can tell, I took a lot of pride in my research! There was a LOT of tacky stuff out there, but my favorites were this fun tea towel and paper dolls at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Oddly enough, I managed to control my spending and made it back home with a tea towel, a keychain and a magnet for my sister.
There’s been a lot of coverage on BBC America, TLC, TV Guide Channel and Lifetime, and while watching one of the many documentaries that have taken over the airwaves, I discovered that I actually walked 90% of the wedding route that Kate will take to Westminster Abbey for the wedding. Exciting! Ok, so it’s not the same thing as actually marrying a prince, but it was fun to discover that I managed to quite accidentally see the same things that Kate will see when she embarks to the wedding (minus several thousand screaming fans).
As Friday’s wedding nears, I already have plans to watch the wedding at a friend’s house (along with 12 other royal fans), even though it starts at a very early 3am my time. I think I might have to shop for a smart hat with some kind of crazy feather coming out the top of it (per tradition) and drink lots of Earl Grey tea to make sure that I don’t miss a single moment of the fun. Next week, I’ll be writing about the wedding itself, and the potential shockwave that Kate might have on wedding fashion for years to come. I can’t wait!!
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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