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Happy 50th Diana!

Had she lived, Princess Diana would be celebrating her 50th birthday today. And I wonder where she would be. Would she be happily married to Dodi Fayed (we are either assuming he lived too, or there was no car crash that claimed both their lives), would she be Facebook friends with Prince Charles and Camilla P. Bowles? Maybe she would be living in a gorgeous penthouse high above the trees in Manhattan having a sophisticated lover – someone she finally felt comfortable and happy with? Maybe she would have remarried, maybe even a few times – she was never short on suitors. Yes, these are the things that keep me awake at night.

I loved the Newsweek cover of Di and her new daughter-in-law, Kate. And then again came more questions, more pondering. Would they be great friends, shopping and dining together? Or would Di find Kate a bit of competition?

What do you think?

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Get yer souvenirs hereeee, only two more days

I wouldn’t necessarily say I am a hoarder. But I do like to collect things that I think will gain in value. My poor parents have taken the brunt of my obsession by keeping boxes of stuff in their garage, until I decide to actually schlump it all to Europe. My latest random purchase was the Toy Story 3 Mr. Potato Head that I found here at the grocery store. So at least that future million dollar collectible is safely here in my midst.

Do you collect anything?

Once I saw the Kate doll, I wanted it immediately! But alas, I am not going to fork out 200 pounds for it. Even though they are only making 5,000 of them and it will definitely be on the most wanted list in …..20, 30, 40 years? Here are some other souvenirs that are out there for your choosing.

  This one is my favorite. If only I knew how to knit!

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding has a cast of characters including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a variety of wedding guests plus, of course, the happy couple themselves – and even a corgi – this is one wedding souvenir that will be a must-have for any keen crafter.

There is a backdrop of Westminster Abbey included, so that you can display your creations in authentic surroundings. For sale on Amazon.co.uk  £9.99

   The Kate Middleton Engagement Doll. The hand-painted, limited edition collector’s item – only 5,000 will be produced worldwide – will be available for £195 and comes with a display stand and certificate of authenticity. The 16-inch Kate figurine comes complete with a miniature silk jersey dress quite similar to the blue Issa she wore when she and Prince William announced their engagement in November. The doll will also feature a replica of her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

A second Kate doll will be available after April 29 featuring the bride’s highly-anticipated wedding dress, jewelry and tiara. That doll retail for £295 and will be available this summer.

  Awwww, how “sweet”. PEZ’s commemorative pair of his-and-her candy dispensers in the likeness of the betrothed couple. The limited-edition item will be auctioned off on eBay from April 7–17, with proceeds going to a charity supported by the couple.

Looks like the auction date has passed, so start looking to see them for sale again online – for more money, of course! That is how those collector items work.

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   Not invited to the royal wedding? You can still raise a pint to William and Kate with one very royal brew:  Kiss Me Kate beer. Created by Castle Rock Brewery in Nottingham, England, the tipple is described as “elegant, tasteful and British to the core” – I’ll drink to that!

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  And for all you wackos out there – The Royal Refrigerator.

GE is coming out with a commemorative refrigerator, dubbed “The Ultimate,” which certainly is fit for a king … or one with a king-sized appetite for royal memorabilia. Standing at 5 ft., 9 in. and emblazoned with the Mario Testino engagement portrait of William and Kate, you’ll most certainly impress freakout your friends with your royal dedication.

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