• A piece of cake!

    Many blogs ago I recall talking about Royal memorabilia; the unlimited supply of mugs, plates and trinkets that are produced in their hundreds of thousands whenever we have a significant event to mark in the Royal calendar. Coronations, weddings and new babies encourage designers to create so-called 'limited editions' of all manner of souvenirs.

    Being a royal lookalike seems to bring with it an interest in all things to do with one's character. In the same way that any good actor will study his character very carefully, those of us who live in lookey-likey land are forever keeping an eye on the whereabouts, wardrobe and diaries of our doppelganger, as well as articles that have some association with the person.

    Research has taught me that the most valuable items to collect are those with a personal touch, a signed card or letter, a personal gift that carries a royal emblem, or something less available such as an item with the wrong date on it.

    So, yes, hand up, I now have a growing collection of totally worthless Camilla memorabilia, from copies of Private Eye focusing on the Charles/Camilla affair to a thimble commemorating Camilla being awarded the Grand Dame Cross by the Queen. (Not to mention a copy of the royal marriage certificate, a letter signed by Camilla, a plaster bust of Charles, silver teaspoons and several pieces of china.)

    For those who have more money than sense, there is currently a piece of Camilla and Charles' wedding cake going for a mere £1000 on Ebay. Unusually the royal couple packaged their cake in tins rather than boxes. However, a piece of our present Queen's wedding cake sold at auction for £1750 in 2013, one of 2000 pieces that were cut from the 9ft high creation. Although it was laced with rum and brandy no doubt the fact that it was 63 years old when it was bought would suggest it might not be worth eating by now. Let's just hope the mice don't get at it!

    Even more fascinating? A pair of Queen Victoria's knickers (waist 52") that sold this week in auction for £6200! You can't get much more personal than that! (I somehow doubt that our present monarch would be careless enough to leave any of hers lying around.)

    In the meantime I am anxiously awaiting the delivery of my tiny cup to commemorate Camilla's wedding that is even now on its way from the tiny island of Sark in the Channel Islands. Surely there can't be many of those around? Something else to collect the dust.

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Welcome to the blog for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Lookalike, Jane Mosse. I hope to give you an insight into what life is like when the world thinks you look like someone else!

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