Royal Fol-de-Rol

| 4/18/2011 9:49:47 AM

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Sam Moore 
Sam Moore

Well, folks, April 29th is the BIG day! Prince William, the heir (next in line after his very patient father) to the throne of the United Kingdom is going to marry his lovely commoner, Kate Middleton.

It seems that most of the Western World is in a state of high excitement and anticipation as time for the event approaches and many people are determined to profit from the royal nuptials.

One can buy souvenir plates, cups and mugs, as well as tea towels to dry them. There are ash trays, spoons, drink coasters, and clocks. The Franklin Mint is selling a Kate Middleton engagement doll for $195.00 and, when the top secret design of the royal wedding dress is finally announced, the same doll dressed in all the wedding finery will go for $295.00, or one can get both dolls for $490.00.

Charm bracelets, key rings, T-shirts and even thimbles are available, all with the smiling faces of Will and Kate on them. I read on April 1st that General Electric was offering a side-by-side refrigerator with a likeness of the happy couple on the front – of course that was probably just an April Fool's joke.

However, in the last issue of the British magazine, Vintage Tractor & Countryside Heritage, was a short blurb about a "Royal Wedding Tractor," of all things!