Maybe it was indicative of the times, maybe it was the unmonitored access to my mother's tabloid magazines, or maybe I was just a weird fucking little kid, but I was absolutely OBSESSED with the British Royal Family from the ages of 8-13. Princess Diana died when I was 11 and OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDD: I think I single-handedly kept The National Enquirer in business as I insisted that my mother buy every issue, brimming with Mohammed Al Fayed's murder conspiracy theories.
So when news of Prince William's engagement came up after about a 10-year lapse in juicy royal gossip (aside from Prince Harry's hi-larious Nazi costume), I was immediately sucked back in.
And let me tell you, it was pretty scary as an adult to recall intimate details about Prince William's life that I only know because I studied that family like a tiny baby British historian. If you held a gun to my head and asked me to recite all of Prince William's 400 middle names, I could do it. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what the scientific community likes to call "shades of autism."
But, while all of this behavior is weird for an eight-year-old girl from Buffalo, it's not weird for every single British person. Boy, oh, boy, do they love their antiquated system of government over there! So, of course, everyone is hella excited to prepare for all of the pomp and circumstance associated with William and Kate's upcoming nuptuals.
A shit ton of places are jumping on the wedding bandwagon (carriage?) and rolling out wedding-related merch, and while most of it is garbage, these "commemorative" wedding plates from KK Outlet in London are pretty badass.
No pricing yet, but the plates will be available for purchase on January 15, so mark your Prince William calendar (I had one of those, too).
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