While my thoughts are still in a “Rule Britannia” princely state of mind—or would that be commonwealth of mind—I thought I’d write this week about a very talented English bear artist named Gill Cattroll. I was fortunate to interview her for an upcoming issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine—the September issue, I believe—and she has so many fantastic creations that they can’t be contained in one single article!
Oh, love is in the air … and it has much to do with the impending Royal Wedding 2018 version and also the brand-new Steiff wedding collectibles. These beautifully crafted mementos are ideal as bridal-shower gifts and decorations for receptions and other nuptial-based festivities. While Meghan Markle might be the bride of the hour, Steiff is making sure that glamor, romance, and sentimentality can belong to all current “I Do’ers.”
For those who have been counting the days, it does seem like an eternity since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement. For me, who has never missed a chance to connect a pop-culture moment with a possible plush-life keepsake, it has been well worth the wait. Back on November 30, I pondered if Ms. Markle would be given a teddy-bear testament. Well, I’m happy to report that the possible “future highness” has been given an ursine likeness–quite a few, in fact. (Yes, I know it’s a long shot that Meghan will ever ascend to the throne, but she’ll immediately become a People’s Princess, much like the dearly departed Diana.) For royal watchers and teddy bear collectors, this is a love affair made in huggable heaven!