A Right Royal Shopping Spree
HRH likes a tipple, and her choice of poison is of course her own mother’s ruin, gin. So it makes perfect sense that the Queen should start selling Buckingham Palace gin, described thusly on the label;
‘Lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries and mulberry leaves are among the 12 botanicals hand-picked for the gin in the Gardens at Buckingham Palace, which span 16 hectares and provide a habitat for 30 species of bird and over 250 species of wild flower.’ I’m not quite sure why Gardens gets a capital letter but we’ll let that pass.
Retailing for 40 nicker (steep but OK for a unique brand that’s unavailable overseas), it’s just one of a list of available shopkeeping items on the Buckingham Palace website. How about Handbag Biscuits for a quid? These are emergency shortbread biscuits that one keeps in one’s handbagÂ in case one is suddenly offered tea with nary a biscuit in sight (gasp!).
Or how about the Longest Reigning Monarch Double Chocolate Biscuit Tube? It’s a bit shonky but a perfect gift for the care home inmate in your life. The Queen also does dolly mixtures and jelly babies, assuming that in some part of the world it’s still 1953.
But oh, that’s just the start of the dinky pastel retail pleasures to be found here. How about the stationary letterbox hamper (not, not a clue), guardsman socks, Buckingham Palace oven gloves or the world’s ugliest teapot for just under six hundred quid?
I notice there’s an absence of Prince Charles-related tat beyond a 70th birthday celebration charger (who actually has a charger in their crockery drawer?) and as for Prince Andrew it was probably risky finding anything for him to endorse. There are Buckingham Palace metal straws, presumably for coke fiends with delusions of grandeur, and something called the Leonardo Da Vinci Signature Ruler, which appears to be a wooden ruler with his signature scrawled in one corner.
I was looking for something more expensive but there are a surprising number of budget items, including tiaras and ‘traditional pyjamas’. I like this side of the Royal family. They may be able to trace their bloodlines back hundreds of years but they’re not averse to flogging the Buckingham Palace State Coach Fridge Magnet if they have to.Â One belongs to a nation of shopkeepers, after all.