King Charles's coronation memorabilia: The most bizarre buys we've clapped eyes on
With King Charles III’s coronation just around the corner, it’s likely that you’re beginning to see more and more brands bring out coronation memorabilia.
While some are opting for classic printed dinnerware, flags and banners, others are taking a more unique approach, with the likes of Aldi turning its Kevin the Carrot mascot into “King Kevin” plush toys.
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Marks and Spencer has jumped on the bandwagon too, selling coronation Colin the caterpillar cakes, and the coronation has extended to its clothing section as it’s just released a Union Jack fleece hooded blanket – for those who really like to stand out from the crowd.
If you’re feeling flush, you may even want to invest in a lithograph painted by the King himself – but you’d need to be willing to fork out a cool £2,950 for the pleasure.
We’ve collated some of our favourite bizarre coronation buys, below.
‘King Kevin’ plush toys from Aldi
"To celebrate the coronation, we’re pleased to release the official portrait of King Kevin," Aldi posted on its Facebook page this week. "Plush toys of his likeness are available in store now!"
The supermarket chain is now selling "King Kevin" plush toys in both a King and Queen version, said to represent King Charles and Queen Camilla.
The toys retail for £3.99 a piece, but have already seen some stores sell out since its launch on April 20.
"The demand for them has been extremely high," an Aldi spokesperson said on Facebook. "We are limiting purchases to two soft toys in store, per variant, per customer, so as many people as possible have a chance to buy them."
Coronation Gnomes from George
Another sell-out collection has been the regal gnome collection from Asda’s homeware offshoot, George.
The collection of four coronation gnomes include the King Gnorman Gnome, Queen Gnorma Gnome, Union Jack Gnorman Gnome, and the Red Guardsman Gnome.
Each gnome retails at £7 each, but the red guardsman gnome is the only one currently available on the George website as the others have sold out.
King Wedgie Doorstop by Home & Glory
You know what we really want to look down at as we walk into a room through an open door? King Charles’ face.
We jest, but if this is your kind of vibe, Home & Glory is selling a King wedgie doorstop for £10 via Not on the High Street.
Coronation Crown Easy Crochet Kit by Wool Couture
OK so this crochet crown is actually kind of cool, and would be perfect for a dress up box. But you probably wouldn’t catch us wearing it outside.
The £44.99 kit can be found on Not On The High Street and comes with the pattern, all the yarn you need, a tapestry needle and the option of a crotchet hook.
I Love King Charles Coronation Mug
Love the King’s mug so much you want it printed on an actual mug? Look no further than this souvenir coronation mug that will tell the world (or your family members at least) how much you love our new monarch.
Retailing at £7.99, the mug features an illustration of the King laughing, and says "I heart King Charles" with the heart being in the shape of a red love heart.
Fleece Union Jack Coronation Hooded Blanket by M&S
While we’re hoping May won’t be cold enough to wear a fleece, this £19.50 hooded blanket from M&S will be sure to show your British pride.
"It's perfect for the times you need an extra bit of heat on a summer evening, or for getting cosy at a festival or on a camping trip," the description on the site reads.
King Charles and Queen Camilla Gnomes Crochet Pattern by Hugles
Gnomes are clearly all the rage this coronation, so if you want to get in on the action then you can buy this £5.76 kit from Etsy to make your very own gnome King Charles and Camilla.
"Excellent pattern, very easy to follow with lovely illustration. Super proud with how they turned out," one review said.
Castle of Mey lithograph from Highgrove
The most bizarre thing about this piece of memorabilia is the price, but we guess that’s what you pay if you want a limited edition painting from the King himself.
Highgrove, the family residence of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, is selling just 100 Castle of Mey lithographs for £2,950 a piece.
Each lithograph was reproduced from the original watercolour painted by the King and is signed by His Majesty too.
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