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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Royal Wedding Wednesdays ~ When Family Meets the Queen and a Who’s Who

This may go down in R.W.W. history as the shortest post to date. (I perhaps hear applause from a few?:) Our family from England is visiting this week so I just don’t have the 8~10 hours of research time I normally devote to posts as I have opted to have fun.

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The Desert Botanical Garden

You may recognize Bette and David from the “What to Wear” Royal Wedding post. You may recall that they have been to Buckingham Palace and met the Queen. Of course I had to ask about that ~ details please! (The Palace is just amazing and the Queen is a very tiny woman with a wonderfully large commanding spirit.)

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Beautiful Aunt Bette, The Fashionista turning 22,and dashingly debonair Uncle David

They have also met Prince Charles twice (he’s very solid and tall) and Princess Diana too (She was so thin and even lovelier than her pictures ever revealed.).

Bette and David are the perfect house guests and brought far to many presents for us. Want to see?

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Ok, I asked for this tankard. I was just DESPERATE for a commemorative piece. So lovely!

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But I was totally shocked when Aunt Bette said, “I found a little something in a church charity shoppe and thought it might be something you would like.

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Might be something I would like? NO WAY!!! Oh my stars! I will only say that there may have been squealing and shouting involved. This style of cup is known as a “loving cup” due to the double handles.

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I love the mug they bought Sweet Boy. It is hysterical and historical. See the current Queen with her corgi’s?

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Sweet Boy’s favorite part is Charles I with no head (you can faintly see this in the upper photo) and Mad King George the III (He’s upside down.).

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I asked him if I could have the mug. No deal. He might look like his father, but loves the Royals as much as his mum.

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So the mug reminded me that several of you have asked for a family tree of the Royal Family. I found a few good examples. The most extensive can be found HERE. Suffice to say that the further in the past you go back, the more kissing cousins you will find.

This family tree is of the most recent Royals. I love that you have a face to go with the name.

Here is a fairly recent family portrait. I imagine like most clans the Royals know how to put the “fun” in dysfunctional ~ just like the rest of us.

Sadly, our family returns to England tomorrow. While they will not be attending the Royal Wedding in person they will of course be watching the event on the telly with a group of friends.

May your own home be your castle,


Don’t forget to participate in Friday’s Spring Craft Linky Party. All who participate will be eligible to win a spring banner similar to the one in last Monday’s post.



Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh, this is such an intereting post... as usual!!!! would just love to to be watching the royal wedding with you!
Enjoy your family visit. And how sweet are your Aunt and Uncle for bringing you these cherished mugs!
xo Yvonne

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How fun you had a visit from them! I loveeeeeeeeeee the mugs they brought you and the family history on the royals!! And Happy Belated Anniversary to you and Mr. Decor! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Love your souvenir cups! Awesome! Enjoyed reading this interesting post on the family tree. Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Love the tankards! :)


Teresa said...

I Love the "farewell, love you" tone of this post. Or I will, once I get over the envy that struck when I saw the amazing gifts they brought you.
Lucky Lady with Adorable Family Members.

Sweet Boy, don't give mum your fabulous mug, give it to Aunt Teresa to keep LOLOL.

Vicki said...

All the mugs were great, but my personal fave is the mug given to Sweet Boy. It's both educational and funny!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love having company and to have family is the best! They brought the best gifts I know you will always treasure!

Heather said...

I love your royal wedding Wednesdays! I love studying the Royal family and have done my own genealogy for them. I so want to go back to college and major in English history, with an emphasis on the Tudor and Elizabethan era. I'll miss when the Royal wedding Wednesdays are over!

Antiques And Teacups said...

How wonderful to see the family members you've shared about. Wonderful memorabilia as well! I am sure you will miss them. Thanks for the post!
Ruth said...


I love when family visits - especially those we don't get to see often enough. What wonderful gifts, Aunt Bette sure knows how to please.
A happy belated birthday to the Fashionista and a belated happy anniversary you and Mr. Decor!

Your Friend,

Auntie Em said...

Your gifts are awesome. Great family portrait. I chuckled at your line that they were much like most other dysfunctional families...except they probably can't tease their Mom with sentences like...Remember the year you burnt the turkey at Christmas time and we ended up eating hamburgers? Or probably never say things like Can you believe this dress was worn by all of you girls for your wedding!
Wonder what other phrases there would be that they would never utter? Heh-heh-heh!

TRay said...

Hey!! I LOVE this post--especially the family tree with pictures involved. The gifts were great!! I LOVE the tankard & the loving cup is over the top! Tell that boy I want that mug--RIGHT NOW.

That wedding is getting closer & closer!! I can't wait!


--Royal PEAculiar

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

See I learn something from you every time!!!

Karena said...

Laura those mugs, so truly unique!! I am amazed.

I wonder where you got that blue sun hat and bag?!

Art by Karena

Blondie's Journal said...

Your family brought some wonderful gifts! I hope all of you had a great time. As always, I enjoyed your post!


The Boston Lady said...

Well I have to say I covet Sweet Boy's mug too! How fun to have some relations that have actually met some of the royal family. Ann

Deanna said...

Dear Laura,
Short post or always do a wonderful presentation on your blog!

God bless and may you have a super time with family,

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This post was fun--to see the lineage of the Royals, to hear how your enjoyed your guests, to see the wonderful gifts they gave you...but that Desert Botanical Garden ROCKS! (I love cacti).

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am so thrilled for you that your sweet relatives brought you those treasures. I can't think of anyone who deserves them more!

Loved your post, but you know me, I like the long ones, too! I just find this all fascinating, and you are a good guide, Laura!


Sheila :-)

Shirley said...

Dear Laura,
I'm so happy you have time to visit with your family and I'm sure every moment will be special. What a lovely gift they have bestowed on you. I love the mugs so much..Enjoy your visit..

Gracie's Cottage said...

Oh-my-goodness...what fun!


Susan said...

Oh my gosh, Laura. I'd swear that looks like Tucson in the photo! Take care and have a lovely Thursday. Susan

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG I can't believe the gifts, they know you well!! I would love one with Kate and William..It won't be long now!!!


Mimi said...

WHAT A GREAT GIFT,,, or should I say GIFTS you all got!!I loved them all!!!!
How fun to have relatives who reside in England,and who also have met the Royal Family. As you know I have met Prince Andrew and his former Wife Sarah.
How cool is that!!!
Have a great day

Linda said...

So fun and interesting to read as always, Laura. Loved seeing the goodies they brought you and the photos as well. Fashionista is so gorgeous, as is all of your family.

Have a nice weekend... it's almost here.

Rosemary said...

I didn't have your email address.
I would be happy to help you with your project if you could email me and explain what you need.

Katie said...

loved this post. we live in arizona and leave for england next tuesday for all the royal wedding hoopla. taking one of our daughters with us. should be fun! your post has me thinking of it and getting excited and realizing I too need a mug of cup or something to commemorate! blessings to you, katie