We interrupt this regularly-scheduled blogcast to discuss yesterday's exciting news from across the pond: Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged!
For years now I've dreamed of holding a Royal Wedding Tea on the day William marries. Seriously! Friends and I have already discussed the fact that even if it's at 5 a.m., we're getting together for tea and wedding watching. So now that the event is officially announced for next spring or summer (although I *do* wish I knew the exact date!), I'm ready to begin gathering the necessary items for the tea. I'll especially be on the lookout for royal commemoratives, those wares manufactured expressly to commemorate a royal event. This vintage mug is a piece I found at an antique mall in Florida last year, and it marked the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
Alfred Meakin was the maker of this mug, and I'm eager to see who will be making the cups, saucers, mugs and tea towels that will commemorate this upcoming royal event. Are you excited about the royal wedding? Will you be watching?