Royal Hotel: the B&B dedicated to the Queen opens in Wembley
Much like Windsor (sort of): step inside the Royal Family-obsessed B&B
If you are thinking of opening your own personal store for all things royal, now is probably the time to do it.
With William and Kate’s grand wedding still fresh in memories and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee set to light up next month (weather permitting), royal pomp and ceremony is all the rage.
Maybe that’s what Margaret Tyler has in mind when she starts a bed and breakfast with a difference.
The meticulous royalist has just opened her home – a semi-suburb on the outskirts of Wembley, north London – to paying customers, in tribute to the Queen’s big birthday.
Queen fit b & b: Margaret Tyler offers royal-themed Sandringham to paying guests who would enjoy the full royal experience
Filled with over 10,000 pieces of memorabilia – including a Diana-themed stained glass window – Mrs. Tyler’s home offers the most majestic accommodation available outside of Buckingham Palace. Kind of.
For far less than a royal ransom – £ 75 a night, in fact – guests can get a good night’s sleep in the Sandringham Suite, drink their morning tea in the finest souvenir china and dine at this royal favorite, the kedgeree.
They can even hire a real corgi for the duration of their stay (for an additional £ 150 per day), to ensure a truly royal experience.
Ms Tyler is said to have amassed the largest private collection of royal artifacts in the country.
She has been fascinated by the Royal Family since she was a child, and for over 32 years she has crammed into her home the most amazing collection of, well, tat.
His first royal memory was a small glass dish depicting the Queen, bought at a clearance sale for just two and a half cents.
It now includes everything from vases to plates, mugs to tea towels, a few “racing royals” to wind up – even life-size mannequins of William and Kate in their engagement photography outfits – and could be worth thousands of pounds by now. .
Guests staying in the loft conversion, which has its own bathroom, can even dip into a basket of royal-themed condoms with the slightly indelicate phrase ‘Come In And Carry On’ for £ 4 a pop.
Margaret Tyler still has a soft spot for Diana, Princess of Wales, and much of her collection features the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry
“It makes me very proud to see people appreciate the Royal Family and I think it is my duty to promote them,” Ms Tyler, 68, told the Mail.
“The Queen has been a wonderful ambassador for this country and the ‘Sandringham Hall’ is my tribute to her reign. I believe that anyone who spends the night there will come out truly a patriot.
Asked what kind of clientele her establishment was likely to attract, the grandmother of four said, “Well, clearly people who share my enthusiasm. I have the most remarkable collection of books, movies, and DVDs so we can spend the evening looking at them and chatting.
“People all over the world love the Royal Family, so this is the perfect place for them when they come to stay in London.”
Ms Tyler advertises her room on the website Wimdu.fr, which specializes in households that rent out their spare rooms for extra money.
Karim Hardane, CEO of Wimdu UK, said: “We are delighted to have Margaret among our hosts. Wimdu aims to find unique alternatives to traditional accommodation, and it has definitely gone the extra mile to ensure guests have a truly memorable experience.