Only 2 days left for Prince William and Catherine M. to be married and for the last few weeks the TV schedule has engaged with programs showing anything related to the Royal Family from coronation events to weddings and from wedding dresses to wedding cakes. Royal events and ceremonies hold a powerful fascination.

Blackburn and Darwen are no strangers to royal visits with King George V visiting Roe Lee Mills in 1913 and Queen Elizabeth visiting Blackburn in 1955 amongst others.

Visit to Darwen in 1913, Courtesy of LET as part of Cottontown project

 These visits are celebrated and remembered with various souvenirs, some of which have been displayed below.

Crap or Collectable?

 Something we always associate with Royal events is memorabilia and the current royal wedding is no exception. People all over the UK will collect souvenirs similar to the ones below bearing the faces of the happy couple and the royal seal. This is not a new phenomenon as can be seen by the various objects celebrating other royal occasions from the last century.

 Whether you call it royal memorabilia or kitsch, there has always been a healthy appetite for variety of goods bearing the likeness of the monarch of their age. From tea towels to mugs the Royals have probably shipped more goods from traders’ shelves than any children’s programme could. With the current wave of Royal fever, we just had to join in too!

Some modern examples...Did you buy any?


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