This year will mark two significant royal anniversaries – the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and the 60th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip. While both anniversaries are somewhat at the end of each spectrum, I will still mark these events in the way I traditionally commemorate them.
Some people deal with their grief in different ways, for me it’s buying books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sad that Diana died and all, but when a book comes out – and this year promises to be a windfall of books and magazine covers – I feel totally compelled to add them to my collection. I prefer weddings and births but wedding anniversaries and deaths bring out the collector in me.
Last year, on July 29th, in what would have been the 25th wedding anniversary of Charles and Diana had things not gone so horribly wrong, I was disappointed, if only for reminding me just how many books could have been written about it. It really was unfortunate. That and the end of the fairytale too.
There will be several books coming out, After Diana by Christofer Andersen, The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown, to name a few. Probably less significant to the media will be the 60th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip in November . I love royal weddings so I just had to buy the souvenir book – Five Gold Rings. Hopefully there will be more than just stamps and a coin to mark the occasion, but somehow I doubt it.
I’ll be honest, I will miss all of the coverage surrounding the 10th anniversary; no more magazine covers (for a while), probably less books written. In other words, less to collect.
On the bright side, all of these books will probably be in the bargin bin soon, so it’s not a complete loss.