Fortnum and Mason of Piccadilly in London is a shop which for over 150 years has held a variety of royal warrants.
It is brimming with special souvenirs of the forthcoming Royal Wedding. Throughout its history the shop has sold memorabilia of royal occasions and has kept many of them including a tea caddy from 1953 when the current Queen was crowned.
Choice for that present day royal item is the key for collectors and London stores are packed with the weird, wacky, wonderful and surprising as one shopkeeper revealed.
“We’ve got royal souvenirs going from very tasteful bone china, cups and mugs and plates, through to the probably less tasteful items such as an ashtray and the royal condoms
, of course. But they are all selling very well,” he said.
Wedding bells will chime on Friday until then its the ring of the cash tills which has been filling the streets of the capital as Euronews correspondent, Ali Sheikholeslami explained.
“Shops in London have been trying to cash in for the big occasion. The royal wedding is expected to bring in half a billion euros in tourism and retail, including the sale of mugs and tea bags.”