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The Royal Central holiday gift guide


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Cyber Monday is here, and if you are wondering what to give that royal loving family member or friend in your life, we have compiled a list of suggestions to help out. Our editorial staff has chosen some of their favourite royal-themed gifts and listed them below!

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor

With the Japanese Imperial Family getting a lot of attention since the marriage of former Princess Mako and Kei Komuro, I suggest the book Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne by Ben Hills. It was written way before Masako became Empress upon the ascension of her husband Naruhito to the Japanese throne. Still, it provides interesting insight into the secretive Japanese Imperial Family and the things Masako has dealt with.

You can always purchase a subscription for True Royalty for the royal loving family member or friend in your life. It is a Netflix for all things royal that span multiple generations and royals from across the globe. Royal Central readers always get an exclusive discount for signing up! Click here to access that discount!

Lydia Starbuck, Associate Editor

With The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee just weeks away, it seems like the perfect time to gift souvenirs for this historic event. The Royal Collection Trust has already issued the first of its official goodies for the event and there’s something very stocking filler about this set of spoons. Each has a different royal themed topper meaning you can stir your morning tea with a crown, a throne, an orb or sceptre looking at you. Very regal, indeed.

For a royalty themed read, I recommend you try A House Full of Windsor by Royal Central’s very own Kristin Contino. This lovely novel centres around the story of Debbie, a woman whose obsession with royal keepsakes has got out of hand. It’s fun, heart warming and moving, too, and a perfect way to spend an afternoon over the holidays.

Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter

This year, why not replace your ugly Christmas jumper with the iconic black sheep jumper as worn by Diana, Princess of Wales? Available from Warm & Wonderful, it’s available in several new colours like pastel blue and pink if the original red isn’t quite your style. I’m asking Santa for one this year since I originally bought a copy a few years ago – it’s definitely a splurge gift, but really cosy and heavy, well-made lambswool. If you’d love a festive twist on the jumper that also supports a good cause, British-based brand notjust released a reindeer-themed version this year for £37.99 – plus 50 percent of profits from every sale will be donated to mental health charities in the UK. For our American readers: If you’re looking for a lower-priced option, Macy’s has a black-and-pink or green-and-pink version for under $25!

Historic Royal Palaces have a huge variety of gifts for the royal enthusiast, but I love their tree decorations most of all. Many of them are on sale right now, including this festive guardsman and Queen Victoria in Scottish dress. If you’re looking for some royally-inspired jewellery for the history fan, two of my favourites which I own are the Anne Boleyn “B” earrings and necklace.

Jess Ilse, Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant

With The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee countdown well and truly underway, add Elizabeth II: A Queen for Our Time to your shopping list. This impressive, history-packed coffee table book features stunning portraits of The Queen taken by Getty’s royal photographer Chris Jackson set against anecdotes, historical details, and insights gleaned from his 20 years as a part of the royal press pack.

If you can’t get to Buckingham Palace, why not build it instead? This Lego set of Buckingham Palace looks like fun to make (provided you don’t step on a few errant pieces!) and would be the perfect activity for that lazy week between Christmas and New Year’s!

ICYMI …

Don’t forget that Royal Central has a book out on royal weddings that would be a perfect gift for the royal fans in your life. It is available as an ebook and as a paperback via Amazon!

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.