Tony’s no mug about roy­alty

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

A COL­LEC­TION of mugs com­mem­o­rat­ing wed­dings, coro­na­tions and ju­bilees in the Bri­tish royal fam­ily over the past cen­tury is on dis­play in Kala­munda ahead of the nup­tials of Prince Harry and Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Meghan Markle this Satur­day.

Kala­munda res­i­dent Tony Gar­diner ( 85) said he had been collecting the royal mem­o­ra­bilia for half a cen­tury.

“I was al­ways fas­ci­nated by the royal mugs, so I started collecting them as a hobby,” he said.

“My favourite one is the of­fi­cial mug mark­ing Prince Charles and Diana’s wed­ding in 1981.

“The old­est one I have is for the coro­na­tion of King Ge­orge V and Queen Mary in 1911.”

Also among his col­lec­tion is a mug mark­ing the coro­na­tion of King Ed­ward VIII, who sparked a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis when he re­nounced the throne in 1936 so he could marry Amer­i­can so­cialite Wal­lis Simp­son.

Royal mem­o­ra­bilia took off un­der the reign of Queen Vic­to­ria and dates back to her wed­ding to Prince Al­bert in 1840.

Mr Gar­diner said he wanted to share his col­lec­tion of mugs with the pub­lic ahead of Satur­day’s royal wed­ding at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

“I didn’t have room to dis­play the mugs in my house, so rather than stor­ing them away and let­ting them gather dust I thought it would be nice for the gen­eral pub­lic to be able to view them,” he said.

Mr Gar­diner said he would be among the an­tic­i­pated three bil­lion peo­ple around the world ex­pected to tune in to watch the royal wed­ding.

“My wife Elis­a­beth is a ded­i­cated roy­al­ist and my daugh­ter is keen to watch it, so I will likely watch it as well,” he said.

Mr Gar­diner, mar­ried for 50 years, of­fered his own sage ad­vice to Prince Harry and Ms Markle on what makes a suc­cess­ful mar­riage.

“Mar­riage isn’t made in heaven, it’s made in the bed,” he said.

The dis­play is at Price­line at the Kala­munda Shop­ping Cen­tre un­til Mon­day.

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