Royal Round Up 4-25-12: Harry and William Honored; Royal Wedding Dolls; Starkey Speaks about Thames Flotilla

Hot Items: Royal Wedding Dolls

Looking for a gift for a royal watcher? Maybe you’d like to add to your own royal collection?

You’re in luck – just in time for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s one-year wedding anniversary, American toy company Mattel has produced replica royals in their wedding day finery. The Duchess is even decked out in a mini tiara, earrings, and that iconic sapphire ring.

The box set costs just about £100 ($160 USD).

Prior to this set, Kate herself was featured as a solo doll dressed in her iconic blue engagement dress that she wore during her press conference. This doll was produced by the Franklin Mint.


Harry Honored

It has been announced that Prince Harry and Prince William have been awarded the Atlantic Council’s 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership. Both princes are being recognized for their work together through their charity, The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.

Harry will accept the award next month in Washington, D.C. on behalf of himself and his brother.

St. James Palace announced in a statement that the ruddy-haired prince “will use the award to pay tribute to British and American veterans’ charities for their achievements in helping to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women and to reintegrate those who have served in the Armed Forces into civilian life.”

Starkey Finds Flotilla Stark-raving Mad

Historian David Starkey is not impressed with the plan for a seven-mile flotilla – featuring 1,000 decorated private boats – to honor the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Known for his outspoken – and often rude – views, Starkey said “Thames river pageants have always been a mixture of the grand and the loony, and this one looks like it is going to have elements of complete lunacy.”

One barge features a 16-piece big band and three singers; one will have pealing church bells; and the barge that will carry the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family will feature actual artifacts from the famous Orient Express, among other opulent décor.

“My guess is that the whole thing is just going to go straight over,” said Starkey in an interview with the Guardian’s Rachel Cooke.

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  1. avatarretnavybrat says

    Kate’s doll looks too much like a regular Barbie. William’s doll looks more like him, except for the hair (too thick).