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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and a rather large Uluru-sized rock at that, you’re no doubt quite well informed about the upcoming royal nuptials. After all, it’s been given more media time than the football and Paris Hilton combined, which is certainly saying something. Nevertheless, the team at Little Wed Hen has been keeping on top of the resulting media frenzy, and we can tell you everything there is to know about Kate’s dress, the royal cake, and who’s been cut from the guest list. But so does anyone with an RSS reader. So we thought we’d take a moment to apprise you of some of more out-of-the-ordinary royal wedding-themed snippets that have been coming our way instead.


Crafty royals

Ah, Etsy, that hallowed site of all things crafty, creative, and crocheted. Etsy is full of gems and small delights, and when it comes to Wills and Kate, certainly doesn’t disappoint. Case in point:

Above we have: Royal wedding bunting by ShortersShop; a Kate and Wills handcut card by StoreyShop; a naughty Kate and Will teatowel by WhoDidThis; and that all-essential blow-up royal wedding chair by GreenPoppyClothing.


A Royal Blunder

Of course, not everyone hits the mark as well as your average Etsy vendor. Guandong Enterprises Ltd made the news when its royal wedding commemorative mug was found to be emblazoned with the wrong prince. Oops. Is Harry planning on doing some usurping?



A Royal Flush

Still, you can’t have the groan-worthy without the giggle-worthy. It’s an entrepreneurial age in which we live, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that the royal wedding memorabilia on offer includes items such as commemorative condoms with the tagline “lie back and think of England”, a risque beer with a similarly crass descriptor (“Arise, sir Willy”), and a set of fake nails adorned with a picture of the happy couple.


Even Mills & Boon is getting in on the act, with more royal wedding-themed novels than you could poke a sceptre at, and a royal wedding mug of their own (perfect for brewing the “royalty Royal Tea” put out by company Yumchaa). M&B representative Holly tells us “there have been 225 Mills & Boon romances written with the theme of a Royal Wedding since 1981 – the year of the marriage of Prince Charles to Diana.” Apparently the most popular of the books so far has been the descriptively titled The Prince’s Waitress Wife, which has been reissued 75 times since publication. She adds that “author Sharon Kendrick based her most recent novel The Royal Baby Revelation on the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton.” Though the book was written before the engagement was announced, “Sharon predicted William would propose with his mother’s engagement ring.”



Speaking of that ring… While  winsome Kate and William have become the world’s sweethearts, they’re not the only ones making fans far and wide. Kate’s ring has become hot property. In fact, a savvy Australian has been fielding offers ending in many, many zeroes for the rights to the domain name royalweddingring.com. But Kate’s ring’s web presence doesn’t end there. The ring has boosted demands for sapphires worldwide, and indeed has become so sought-after that it now has its very own fan site. The site was launched after fashion jewellery website Emitations noticed that their bottom line had been buoyed rather dramatically by the pending wedding.  Not only had they sold hundreds of sapphire ring lookalikes, but they were fielding all sorts of enquiries from customers. “Our customers were eager to continue sharing their excitement beyond the ring purchase,” says Au-Co Mai, CEO of Emitations.

A royal pain

But it’s not all fun and games. The wedding has caused uproar in some circles, with protesters and agitators unimpressed not only by the nuptials, but also by the various political, social (and taxpayer-related) issues raised by them. But some of the heartache has been of the more mild kind. The Telegraph recently reported that there has been outraged by disgruntled consumers who found that stocks of patriotically themed bunting were running dangerously low (still, rationing is unlikely, so get in quick). The wedding is even having an effect on job retention, with reports of an American woman quitting her job after being told she couldn’t take a day off to watch the wedding. Other royal enthusiasts have resorted to hunger strikes, while others still have braved the elements by camping out for several days before the wedding.


A study in royalty

Hopefully after all of that you’re able to beat your friends at a game of royal wedding Trivial Pursuit. But if you really want to get thorough about it, you could pick up a copy of The Royal Wedding for Dummies, or you could take some time to do a 3D walkthrough of the wedding. Or if you’re after the lowdown on Kate’s fashion sense, why not pick up the limited edition Kate Middleton engagement doll?

Seen any other royal wedding oddities that you think might be as informative to our readers as the above? Leave a comment!

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