If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I can’t pass up royal souvenirs. (See this post if you need a refresher on what’s in my office.)
When I went to England for Harry and Meghan’s wedding week I realized I’d buy a good amount. Between wedding mugs, tea towels, Christmas ornaments and other royal souvenirs, I was spoilt for choice. Plus, there’s the usual British shopping I do (clothing, food, toys for my son, random souvenirs from castles, etc.).
Well, let’s just say I came *this close* to buying a small bag to check on the way home. We could barely fit everything in the luggage we’d brought (including an extra empty duffle) but somehow pulled it off. Hey, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Let’s start with Windsor. Friday we walked around the town enjoying the festive atmosphere and popped into a few stores. There’s a souvenir store directly across from the Windsor Castle, and I grabbed some various wedding items there.
I should have taken some pictures inside but it was packed and hard to move around. I bought a Meghan Markle mask for the wedding day – because how could you not? – the royal wedding bookmark pictured below, a few things for my giveaway (more on that later!), and some random items for my kid. Who doesn’t need a Union Jack pen that winds up and spins?!
The gallery down the road had some lovely pieces and as I mentioned in my royal wedding recap part one, my husband surprised me by purchasing a print of The Long Walk. I had to carry it flat on the plane and put it in the overhead bin, but luckily, it escaped damage.
Once I was able to visit Windsor Castle on Sunday, I could shop the palace’s official range of souvenirs.
I collect ornaments from around the world and love to see them on my tree each year. They had some lovely options for the wedding, and I chose the bells with American/British flags and a gorgeous jeweled heart.
I also picked up a Windsor Castle ornament to remember the weekend. I wonder if anyone in the royal family will put a wedding ornament on their tree?
I also bought the Harry and Meghan tankard and the miniature mug. The tiny one is hanging on the birch tree in my living room and is the cutest ornament!
I’d been waiting until I got to England to buy a royal baby mug since the shipping to the United States is ridiculous, so I grabbed one of those as well. Since I’d already spent enough on ornaments I skipped the royal baby one.
My little boy obviously needed a stuffed Corgi. I suggested we name her Susan, after The Queen’s original Corgi. But he wanted to name her Ruffie, and my husband then suggested Meghan Barkle which was obviously the best choice! In the end, she was christened “Ruffie Susan Meghan Barkle.”
Once I toured St George’s Chapel (and of course, it ends in a gift shop) I picked up two more things. This ornament, which was different from the ones in the castle shops, and a flag pin. If you’ve read The Royal We, this pin is featured in the book. I used to have one from when I studied abroad and lost it a couple of years ago, so I was happy to get a new pin!
Next up: London!
I’m going to do separate posts about most of my London adventures, but here’s a look at some of my goodies.
Tuesday, we visited The Royal Mews, home of the royal family’s fleet of carriages and the working stables. I’d never been before and it was really interesting! Of course, I had to get an ornament.
We did a lot of day trips from London, and my favorite one was Wednesday at Highclere Castle. I’ll do a full post about visiting the castle because it was AMAZING. I bought this tiara headband in their shop and wore it around the rest of the day, because why not?
Speaking of tiaras, the Jewel Shop at the Tower of London is one of my favorite places to browse. I got this replica Anne Boleyn necklace and wore it to Hever Castle (her childhood home) a few days later. It’s hard to tell but there’s a tiny gold Tudor rose hanging from the clasp.
Portobello Market is a favorite of mine and I went home with some great finds. Again, I’m planning a separate post about shopping in Notting Hill so stay tuned for that soon. The market usually has tons of vintage royal items, and this time I picked up a very cool plate from George VI’s coronation in 1937. I believe it was £15, so not crazy expensive either.
Diana: Her Fashion Story is an absolute must-see exhibit if you’re in London! I went last year but they had some new outfits so it was totally worth the repeat visit. I already own the china plate, so I brought home this ornament inspired by one of her beaded dresses.
Victoria is one of my favorite shows so I couldn’t resist this Queen Victoria ornament. And yes, I realize I spent about 4 million pounds on Christmas ornaments at this point …
In case you ever end up in this situation and have bought 835 Christmas ornaments, I suggest heading over to a Marks and Spencer Foodhall. Grab a giant tin of biscuits and then you can put the ornaments inside to travel home! Shout out to Mr. Royally Broke for this idea. The tin didn’t fit everything, but close enough. Plus, the biscuits made a great snack for a long train ride and now I use the tin to store postcards in my office.
Speaking of postcards … I love sending snail mail, so I stocked up on royal postcards. I grabbed this boxed set of EIIR cards from Windsor Castle, and the Diana set was on sale for £2.99 at Kensington Palace. I also picked up a set of boxed cards from the fantastic Monet exhibit at the National Gallery, and a random assortment of other cards to send to my friends in the royal community.
I also grabbed a bunch of magazines and newspapers from the wedding. You can see my print of Highclere Castle (and my ridiculous mask) here, too!
A Harry and Meghan Giveaway
Having wedding withdrawal? I brought a few royal souvenirs back from Windsor to share in the excitement of H&M’s wedding weekend! You could win a Harry and Meghan china collector plate, a decorative tin filled with tea, and two Harry and Meghan coasters. I’m also throwing in some extra goodies from London Pop Box, including a silverplated crown spoon, Milly Green royal playing cards and a Milly Green God Save Our Queen magnet.
Want to win? There are two ways to enter.
- Leave a comment on this blog post, and you’re entered. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook for extra entries (1 for each platform) and let me know that you did in your comment.
- Alternatively, you can enter separately on Instagram by following the instructions on the giveaway photo.
One random winner will be selected on Monday, July 16. Good luck!
Until next week …