LONDON – A royal family aficionado has spent decades amassing her collection made up of thousands of items commemorating the United Kingdom’s monarchs at her home in north London, as documented in epa images Wednesday.
Margaret Tyler, 74, has been adding to her treasured royal memorabilia for almost 40 years, ever since she acquired a small dish at a school fair.
“It’s grown and grown since then,” she told epa. “I now have four rooms and a bedroom full of memorabilia.”
She was nine years old when the Queen Elizabeth II was crowned following the death of her father, King George VI.
“I can hardly remember a time when she wasn’t there,” Tyler said.
Her house has become a veritable shrine to the UK’s royal family; an entity she considers to be “the best in the world.”
Despite the size of her collection, every item has its own place in her home and she is rather particular about where each item goes: “I can’t have a mug for one royal next to another royal, if anybody moves anything I know straight away!”
Tyler described taking care of her treasured possessions as a “labor of love,” to which she dedicates all her time and money, noting that she never goes on holiday and does not smoke or drink.
The collector was anticipating the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle with much excitement, declaring the couple “a breath of fresh air in the royal family” and “very much in love.”
Harry and Markle are set to wed on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
“This year will be one of the biggest royal years as we have two royal weddings and two royal babies,” said Tyler.
Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, were expecting their third child together.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall is expecting her second child with her husband Mark, and Princess Eugenie is engaged to be married to Jack Brooksbank in October.