If we happened to live in England and weren’t among the 1,900 guests invited to the Royal Wedding, we’d be buying bunting this week.
Apparently, bunting is an essential decoration for a proper English street party. This Friday, many more of the Queen’s subjects will toast the happy couple at street parties than at Buckingham Palace. The British press reports that 5,500 applications for street party road closures have already been approved, with 800 in London alone. And those are just the official tallies. While not everyone cares about the wedding or the monarchy (and some are very opposed), it’s still a national holiday in the UK.
I’m just back from London and a visit with my sister who’s lived there for 15 years. While there was lots on my itinerary that had nothing to do with Prince William and Kate Middleton, the wedding buzz was everywhere.
Along with regular updates on street parties, reports that the prime minister would wear a “lounge suit” (your basic Savile Row business attire) instead of a traditional morning coat caused an uproar. He’s since relented. There were Will and Kate sightings around town: the future king showed up unannounced for a pick-up game of football (soccer to us) in south London; his fiancé was spotted shopping along fashionable Kings Road. The Queen finally met her new in-laws at a private lunch at Windsor Castle. The country’s official Poet Laureate announced she’d write a poem for the wedding. And chatter about Kate’s pre-wedding diet seemed more prevalent than rumors about the dress designer.
Of course, resplendent wedding tchotchkes were everywhere. Semi-elegant, hilarious, cute and downright tacky…something for everyone!
The official commemorative china doesn’t come cheap. And isn’t dishwasher safe.
These were better looking, I thought…and more practical.
A limited edition poster from the Victoria & Albert Museum could have been done by Nashville’s own Hatch Show Print.
The venerable Fortnum & Mason had wedding chocolates, cakes, cups and a new Royal Blend of “stronger” tea.
Flags and more flags. Signs and more signs.
For your street party, a Kate mask. Or maybe a life-size version of the happy couple?
With a royal wedding on Friday and a bank holiday on Monday, it’s a four-day weekend for the Brits. Reason enough to celebrate! Or not…
I’m quite fond of these plates. My sister’s promised to see if they go on sale post-wedding.
And I like this tasteful tote, maybe since the official C&W monogram happens to also be my initials!
Of course, there’s plenty of important wedding memorabilia I didn’t manage to see.
It’s going to be a spectacle for sure, but I’m perfectly content with the prospect of watching it all from this side of the pond. In HD, of course. Though maybe we should throw together a street party or two…
Cindy Wall is a Nashville-based communications consultant and social media strategist. This week, she’s following wedding details on Twitter from @BritishMonarchy, @ClarenceHouse and @WAbbey.