Britain’s celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne now spans four days, a parade with 1,400 troops, a concert with Duran Duran, more than 16,000 street parties and a lot of merchandise.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
Today is the second of four days which the United Kingdom has reserved to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the throne – in other words, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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AILSA CHANG, HOST:
There have already been parades and ceremonies, thousands of street parties are expected, and all of that has generated lots and lots of merchandise.
MAXIMILIAN SOMERSET: It was actually bespoke, made for me.
FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: How long ago did you get it?
SOMERSET: Oh, about three or four months ago. I got it specially for the occasion.
KELLY: Our London correspondent Frank Langfitt found Maximilian Somerset (ph) in a custom-made U.K. flag suit – with a color-changing waistcoat, obviously.
SOMERSET: I can change it red, white and blue, or the entire spectrum of the union jack.
CHANG: Anita Rider was also in the crowd, wearing a giant hair bow.
ANITA RIDER: And it’s an absolutely gigantic, massive…
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Union jack bow (laughter).
RIDER: …Union jack bow – put Betty Boop’s to shame. And my sister-in-law bought them from…
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: …The internet.
KELLY: Yeah. You can find a lot of Jubilee souvenirs online, ranging from a $2,500 music box to $50 leggings emblazoned with corgis.
CHANG: That’s right. The queen’s love for corgi dogs has inspired so much corgi merch, like corgi biscuits, corgi mousse cake, corgi pillows, corgi tea towels.
KELLY: Now, if corgis somehow are not your thing, there is also a limited-edition Queen Elizabeth II Barbie doll – if you can find it. It sold out within 3 seconds, according to British retailer John Lewis. Now, it’s available on eBay for 300 bucks.
ANNE MIDDLETON: I’m from Wales, I’m from Cardiff – so anything with either a union jack or a dragon, and I’ve been buying it, so – we all have.
CHANG: Our London producer spoke to Anne Middleton, who has been snatching up memorabilia and has also sourced a Jubilee outfit, from a bespoke dress down to her nails.
MIDDLETON: That was hand-painted – a crown – by one of my – my hairdresser. I thought they did a brilliant job.
KELLY: The Platinum Jubilee continues through Sunday, and plenty more themed merchandise will change hands – and nails – through then.
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