At most weddings, guests take home the centerpieces and souvenir matchbooks. When the whole world is attending via television, the mementos get a lot more creative. Prince William and Kate Middleton fanatics can choose from a wide — and bizarre — variety of commemorative merchandise. Much of it would undoubtedly offend Queen Elizabeth, who is not exactly known for her sense of humor. For us commoners, buying this silly royal wedding swag is as close as we’re going to get to Westminister Abbey.
- Royal Family Masks: Would you like to look like the lovely Kate or Prince William? Sure you would. How about Prince Charles? Probably not. Nonetheless, a company has made cardboard masks of the entire Royal Family. The women of “The View” wore them at the beginning of a recent show, to the delight of the studio audience.
- Replica of Kate’s Sapphire Engagement Ring” Not only is Kate’s beautiful ring worth a fortune, it has tremendous sentimental value. It was originally worn by William’s mother, Princess Diana. Is there a better way to honor the meaning behind this iconic piece of jewelery than to buy a cheap replica? Why, yes. In this clip from “The Insider” a drag queen dressed as Kate Middleton, complete with a wedding dress, models what appears to be a plastic version of the engagement ring.
- Buckingham Palace Jell-o Mold: Gelatin, known as “jelly” in England, has been a traditional part of formal meals for centuries. One enterprising, and – based on his wardrobe – eccentric young Brit has turned his passion for custom made jell-o molds into a career. In honor of William and Kate’s nuptials, he has sculpted Buckingham Palace in green jell-o. Here, “Today’s” Meredith Vieira samples the delicacy, asking the question on everybody’s mind: “Is there any liquor in this?”
- William and Kate Refrigerator: It’s hard to say what’s odder: that someone had the idea of putting William and Kate’s face on a full size refrigerator or that the British division of General Electric would choose it as the winner of a custom design competition. There is no word on whether anyone has purchased one, or why anyone would want the Royal couple staring at them while they are standing in front of the freezer, contemplating an ice cream binge. This report from the TV Guide network features a report on commemorative plates and mugs, a Royal Wedding tradition. The best is a plate proclaiming, “Thanks for the day off.”
- Authentic Wedding Invitation: The ultimate Royal Wedding swag is an actual invitation to the event. Kate and William, determined to be thoroughly modern monarchs, have invited some ordinary British citizens, including a pub owner and a formerly homeless women. This report from CBS news features close-ups of the invitations, which are not nearly as ornate as one might expect, as well as profiles of some of the guests.
- Every Single Piece of Memorabilia Ever Made: Some hardcore royalty collectors prefer quantity over quality. If it has Kate and William’s name on it, they want it. They’re the monarchy souvenir equivalent of hoarders. Tonight ay 10PM, TLC is airing the special “Extreme Royal Collections”, dedicated to telling their story. The star of the hour is Margaret, an eccentric older woman who has over 10,000 commemorative dishes. In this clip, she cases a store in search of cardboard cut outs of William and Kate.