Come Friday, April 29, all eyes will be on London's Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton are walking down the aisle. As the event approaches, and details continue to leak about everything from the bachelor/bachelorette parties to the reception, guest list and Kate's wedding dress, one thing is for certain-the souvenirs have hit the Internet and stores! But in addition to your run-of-the-mill commemorative plates, wedding opportunists are getting pretty creative. From nail decals to pet gear, check out these 10 over-the-top royal wedding mementos.
Yes, you're seeing these correctly. Nail decals with Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photo are now available in Westminster souvenir shops in London. We hope the couple's marriage lasts longer than it takes to peel them off!
We can't imagine who'd invest in this gold-plated coin, especially since the picture looks nothing like the beautiful royal couple. Sold on Amazon.com, a dissatisfied customer even described the $5 souvenir as "not worth buying-the designing and craftsmanship is very poor."
There seems to be a Dummies book for just about everything, so it's no surprise one popped up for the royal nuptials. The Royal Wedding for Dummies retails for $9.99 and features a biography of Prince William and Kate, a royal wedding fact sheet, images of Westminster Abbey, information about royal weddings from the past, a guide to who will be at the ceremony and much more.
Combining a one-two punch of Englishness-teatime and royals-Donkey Products released, yes, you guessed it, Will and Kate teabags! The $7 package consists of two teabags-one topped with Kate's likeness and the other with William's-a greeting card and an envelope, which would make the perfect gift for anyone who wants to sip some tea while they watch the wedding (coverage starts at 5 A.M. EST on the big day).
The royal souvenir on our list that's in the poorest taste, this Royal Wedding Sick Bag, designed and sold by British artist Lydia Leith for about $4.25 (€3), comes in blue or red with an illustration of Prince William and Kate right below the words "throne up." We hope even the biggest royal wedding haters won't have any use for this piece of memorabilia.
Bluewater Productions and artist Michal Szyksznian designed this Kate- and William-themed comic book entitled The Royals. Available for preorder, it chronicles everything from their individual childhood stories to their eight-year courtship. You can even get a sneak peek of the first six pages here.
When it comes to unusual Prince William and Kate replicas, we couldn't possibly overlook these hand-knitted dolls-Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Harry, William, Kate, the Queen and Prince Phillip are all included. Or you can even make them yourself, thanks to the book Knit Your Own Royal Wedding by Fiona Goble.
Dress to Impress
Even your furry friends won't be left out of the royal festivities. Zazzle.com is selling these royal wedding pet shirts and coats, ranging anywhere from $18 to $35. You can personalize them by adding images, choosing the style and picking the color. Some feature the slogan "Keep Calm and Marry Kate" and others don a royal image and read "Official Royal Wedding Corgi."
To celebrate Lego's 15th anniversary (and the royal wedding of course), Legoland displayed their versions of Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth, William, Kate and many more, in Lego form. While the family lacks detailed features, the portrayal is otherwise pretty close to the real thing.
Believe it or not, the Internet is full of thimbles dedicated to Prince William and Kate. Most of them contain a memorable picture of the couple and an inspirational inscription, and are available from $2 to $10. We wonder if whoever's designing Kate's dress is donning a thimble to match!
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