The royal family. In wool

Saturday, June 22, 2013 Permalink

I was just entering my teens when Lady Diana married Prince Charles back in 1981. Like most girls in the universe I could relate to the shy pretty-but-not-then-beautiful Diana who worried about her chubby thighs. I remember being allowed to stay up and watch the royal wedding (ie. THE Royal Wedding in those days, rivalled since by that of Diana and Charles’s son’s of course) and envied her flower girls, sure I could have done a far better job of looking cute and bored at the same time.

The scrapbook I put together at the time went the way of my Duran Duran cassettes and the like, trashed as my tastes changed and I grew older.

I was never really a royalist you see. In fact I’m all for Australia becoming a republic and wonder how and why we continue to be led by someone halfway around the world. Sure the royal family graces us with a visit every so often but it’s hardly an engaged leadership.

I had a great aunt who wouldn’t hear a word spoken against ANY of the royal family – although probably condoned the dissing of Fergie after the great toe-sucking incident of 1992. The aunt in question collected teaspoons and tea-towels covered in royal memorabilia in addition to thimbles and other equally-useless items.

Although royal watching seems to be a fading pastime here in Oz, I do realise however, that there are still many MANY out there who are steadfastly pro-monarchy.

I will confess I watched a snippet of the Kate/Will wedding and enjoyed following the accompanying Twitter feed, and I do think Kate seems like a lovely person; but that’s the extent of my interest. I’m happy to look at pictures in a magazine – just as I am of most celebrities (reality TV* stars aside!), but I possibly snorted champagne out of my nose earlier in the week when I saw this in one of my mother’s magazines….

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Yes it’s true. You can knit the ‘new’ royal family.

If you so desire.

But wait… it doesn’t stop there. If you have your own child – or indeed buy a lookalike royal baby from Franklin Mint which will probably be released soon after the birth – you can kit them out in appropriate regal attire.

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I. Shit. You. Not.

Of course, I need to apologise in advance (or belatedly!) if you are a royalist or monarchist or similar and you were indeed planning to put your knitting skills to good use. I do realise that the world is full of those with tastes different to our own (although mine is obviously flawless!!). Or perhaps you think I’m not being sufficiently deferential to Australia’s future first couple and our eventual King or Queen. Meh, whatever. I suspect the knitted doppelgangers would give Will and Kate a bit of a giggle as well.

Do you have embarrassing royal family memorabilia?
Or perhaps Duran Duran cassettes?

 * I’ve just told my mother I wish to read no more of her magazines as I’m tired of articles about Housewives and Towies and those from Essex: none of whom I’ve ever heard of, nor have any desire to become familiar with. I watch enough trash on television already. Thank god I don’t have pay television!

  • Eating as a Path to Yoga
    June 22, 2013

    I had Princess Diana paper dolls! Unfortunately, she was taller than all the other paper dolls I had. Also, I still have Princess Diana’s funeral on VHS.

    • Debbish
      June 22, 2013

      Oh… paper dolls. I don’t think I had anything like that. I did kinda have a Princess Di haircut though. When I was adding the tags for this post her name came up and I wondered why until I remembered writing a post about how I possibly tried to emulate her early-mid 1980s hair flick! xx

  • Jo Tracey
    June 22, 2013

    royal stuff? no. Duran Duran vinyl & cassettes…yes!

    • Debbish
      June 23, 2013

      Sadly I have no vinyl left – we gave everything we had to my sister-in-law’s parents who were the only ones we knew with a record player. I think I actually tossed all of my cassettes as well – which probably makes sense given that I don’t have a cassette player any more!

  • Neen
    June 23, 2013

    What.The.Freak. I cannot even believe this is a thing.

    • Debbish
      June 24, 2013

      I know. Given that it is, I assume there are people out there who would be (at this moment in time) madly knitting their Wills and Kate figures!

  • Mel
    June 24, 2013

    Darn it. People knit the strangest things! If I was a knitter or anyone who gave more than a respectful passing thought to the Royals I would make one of those hats for Harley!

    • Debbish
      June 24, 2013

      Maybe royalists would be impressed…. Harley would definitely look awfully smart! 😉

  • Katy Potaty
    July 2, 2013

    Yes, I’m a monarchist. No, no I do not think people should ever knit the Royal Family.

    And yes, I agree. Cut that UK trash mag stuff off right. now.

    • Debbish
      July 2, 2013

      Done. No trashy mags for a week or so now! Towies, Essex, Housewives of wherever… be gone!

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