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Let's salute the Brits.

Jenny Coon Peterson April 27th, 2011

Prince William and I are practically the same age. That’s not all we have in common (we’re both princes losing our hair?) — no, wait, that is all we have in common.

Still, I’ve always felt a strange affinity for William and Harry. My parents got married just about the same time his did, and again, the age thing.

Although Wills has grown very Charles-esque while Harry has become, as one of my favorite bloggers calls him, Prince Hot Ginge, I’m really pretty excited about Friday’s royal wedding. A royal wedding! And a commoner will (sort of) become a princess!

Five-year-old Jenny approves. Actually, 29-year-old Jenny approves, too.

Since we all know my weakness for all things English (seriously, a low point was watching the Amanda Bynes classic “What a Girl Wants” simply because of location and the presence of Colin Firth), let’s salute the Brits.

Lee Ward with the guests of honor at Notting Hill

In Norman, Antique Garden (323 W. Boyd; 321-1772) has some sovereign-approved finds, like a mininotebook set emblazoned with the “Keep Calm and Carry On” motto and a large ottoman/cube pillow topped with a faded Union Jack.

My hands-down favorite, however, were the Ex Libras candle and scent series by Paddwax that features different writers, the Brits included. The soy candles and diffusers are all very pretty, and the scents that correspond with each writer seem to be chosen with care. For example, Jane Austen gets gardenia-tuberose-jasmine, while Charles Dickens’ scent is tangerine-juniper-clove.

Outside Luxe Objects (6464 Avondale Drive; 608-0333), large cement urns and statuary would make for a very lovely English garden, which is ideal for imagining Mr. Darcy strolling past/diving into a pond in his ruffly white shirt.

Inside Luxe Objects, be sure to check out the very cool carved crowns. In two different sizes, they have the distinct look of a centuries-old sculpture that only recently was detached from the head of a stone statue.

Then there are the shops that don’t just stock pieces that remind me of England, but bring in their entire store from overseas. Take Treasures Past (432 N.W. 10th; 272-3003), a really fabulous antique store that stocks gorgeous UK furniture and curiosities.

But if you really want to go all out for the royal wedding, get thyself to Notting Hill Antiques (7200 N. Western; 842-1500). Like Treasures Past, Notting Hill is wall-to-wall English love, so it’s no surprise the store is putting on a party for the big day.

Hosting “A Royal Wedding Party Celebration” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, the store will be kitted out with all things Wills & Kate, from banners and flags to royal wedding memorabilia (like a pillow embroidered with the royal crest). There’ll also be historic royal wedding memorabilia, which is really cool.

The celebration will include food, drinks, door prizes and (obviously) video of the ceremony showing all day.

Since this is a royal wedding, I expect to see some pretty fantastic hats from you ladies. Get your glue gun out and get going.

 
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