HALF PRICE SALE Subscribe to Hampshire Life CLICK HERE

Royal Wedding Souvenirs: the UK's guilty secret & how to make some money

12:12 11 April 2011

One in five Brits will buy a Wills and Kate wedding souvenir – but seven in ten won't admit it to friends, it emerged yesterday (Sunday 10th April)...

One in five Brits will buy a Wills and Kate wedding souvenir but seven in ten wont admit it to friends, it emerged yesterday (Sunday 10th April).

Researchers found fear of embarrassment, it being seen as tacky and a waste of money will mean thousands will keep quiet about what they buy to commemorate the Royal occasion.

A third said it would be out of character if they splashed out on lavish items, while one in ten said they dont want people thinking they clutter up their houses.

It also emerged the nation will fork out more than 230 million on Royal collectibles, with mugs, tea-towels and plates the most popular items to be bought.

Yesterday (Sun), a spokesman for Bid TV which commissioned the research amongst 2,000 Brits, said: Our survey shows a large percentage of the nation is caught up in the excitement of the Royal Wedding later this month.

But while millions plan to fork out and buy souvenirs to mark this special occasion, it seems they arent so keen to admit it to friends and family.

When you hear the word souvenir the thought of tacky items, cluttering up shelves and collecting dusts in British homes spring to mind.

And this might be enough to dissuade Brits from letting on to their pals about their purchases.

But a cleverly thought-out item could fetch a fair few pounds in years to come, so they shouldnt be shunned they just need to be chosen with care.

The survey quizzed the nation on the Royal wedding and their souvenir collecting habits. It was carried out to mark the launch of bid tvs search for Britains Best of British collector on www.bidtvcollectibles.co.uk/bestofbritish

It found 35 per cent will watch this months Royal wedding - which is twenty per cent down on the number who tuned into Charles and Dianas great day in 1981.

One in ten will head to the pub with mates and a quarter will dip in and out of TV coverage.

Four in ten said the Royal Wedding this month makes them feel proud to be British, and a quarter went as far as to say it made them feel more romantic.

But many werent so enthusiastic - one in ten feel the wedding is a waste of money, 13 per cent it was a lot of fuss about nothing and three in ten said they didnt care either way.

Three in ten said they were going to treat it as a normal Bank Holiday and look forward to the time off work.

Only one per cent of people questioned said they planned to go to London to join in the celebrations

Fewer than one in twenty said they would be having a street party compared to almost one in ten twenty years ago.

In 1981 a third bought a commemorative Royal wedding souvenir compared to just one in five this time round.

Eight in ten Brits said they wont bother with souvenirs one in six reckons theyre too expensive or that theyll end up in the bin and one in twenty said the marriage probably wont even last.

TV antique expert and owner of the UKs largest auction house, Tom Keane, believes the research clearly illustrates a key characteristic of the British psyche:

"Britain was once known as a nation of shopkeepers but this research shows that collecting is deeply ingrained into a vast percentage of the population with half of those questioned saying that they were avid collectors of everything from china figurines, plates, stamps, Royal memorabilia, paintings, books, cuddly toys through to milk bottle tops. And it is obviously something that has been happening in Britain for years you only have to visit one of my auctions to see items that were once collected for a couple of quid sell for hundreds a few decades later.

0 comments

Shop with us at Great British Life

More from People

Mon, 10:38

Every year our Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance crew attend to thousands of people who need help. Here we meet some of those working and volunteering for the charity who make it so special

Read more
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Getty Images/iStockphoto

This month, Chris van Schaick discusses why it is that businesses are so desperate to ask...’’How was it for you?”

Read more
Monday, July 20, 2015
Martin Freeman (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Some of Hampshire’s best known personalities have revealed what they most love about the county. Here, we compile some quotes from our interviews over the years

Read more
Monday, July 13, 2015

From his home on the Isle of Wight, Sam Twining reflects on his family’s dynasty over a cup of tea with Peter White

Read more
Monday, July 13, 2015

Britain’s farmers are an amazing lot. They come in all shapes and sizes, from every age group and all types of backgrounds. But what connects them all is the incredible lengths they will go to in the name of farming and to support their local communities.

Read more
Friday, July 10, 2015
Moyles Court School Las Vegas Summer Ball

A Laz Vagas-themed summer ball held at Moyles Court School raised £1,190 towards a great outdoor learning project.

Read more
Monday, June 29, 2015

Viewing Portsmouth born artist Louise Braithwaite’s work is akin to re-living the jolliest days of your childhood says Sandra Smith after a recent introduction

Read more
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Having become editor of the village news, Margot hopes residents will be bowled over by her next issue

Read more
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Elodine Dress, £140, Phase Eight, Southampton, 02380 216400 and Winchester, 01962 866964

Fashion finds for your top three summer events

Read more
Monday, June 15, 2015
The Ben Ainslee Racing Team training in the Solent. Picture: Shaun Roster

For 164 years, the America’s Cup has been the carrot dangling out of reach for many British sailing teams. For 2015 it will be returning to Portsmouth, and with it comes our best chance in years of bringing it back to the UK where it belongs. Dan Wilkinson explains more

Read more
Monday, June 15, 2015
Getty Images/iStockphoto

It’s been a real privilege to be involved in the BBC Food and Farming Awards this year. Once again the UK’s finest farmers, food producers, cooks, shopkeepers, food vendors and campaigners came together to honour the best in their respective businesses. I’ll talk more about the awards themselves next month but this time it’s the backdrop to the ceremony I want to concentrate on.

Read more
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

There are few country estates that ignite the sense of discovery better than Mottisfont. As best-selling children’s writer and illustrator Lauren Child prepares to bring Charlie, Lola and other characters out to play this summer, Viv Micklefield opens a door into her world

Read more
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Karl Rudziak

With his bold portraits, Portsmouth artist Karl Rudziak has the potential to dilute prejudices and re-evaluate attitudes in a city that doesn’t need culture

Read more
Mike and Anne with Countryfile presenter Matt Baker

With nothing but a book on farming and a great deal of enthusiasm, Anne and Mike Roberts have managed to turn 42 acres near the New Forest in to a budding mixed-livestock farm

Read more

NEWSLETTER SIGNUP



subscription ad
subscription ad
Hampshire's trusted business finder