With the royal wedding only about a month away, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry souvenir season is in FULL SWING. Naturally, Kensington Palace has approved some rather lovely gear to commemorate our favorite couple — like this official royal wedding china set — but there's also a slew of slightly, uh, less classy stuff out there to score, should you care to stock your home exclusively with life-sized cardboard cutouts of royal family members. So what are some "official" royal wedding novelty items you may not have heard about?
First and foremost, it's important to know that commemorative royal wedding souvenirs are a huge deal in Great Britain, perhaps even more so than Stars Wars-branded toys and merchandise are here in the States (and that's saying a lot). In December, the New York Times ran an entire piece on the history of royal wedding memorabilia, noting that the U.K. expects to reap about £500 million in tourist cash from the royal wedding, with about a tenth of that stemming from merchandise. The Times also interviewed folks who've been collecting royal memorabilia for decades, with pieces including a copy of the dress Kate Middleton wore in her engagement announcement, dishes emblazoned with photos of Princess Diana, and tapestries featuring portraits of various royal couples.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's impending nuptials are no exception to the mad dash for memorabilia, and the wedding fever's yielded everything from themed beer to, uh, condoms. Here are some internet favorites: