Queen of Royal Memorabilia Share Her Collection

By: Charlie D'Agata, CBS News
By: Charlie D'Agata, CBS News
Britain is in the midst of memorabilia madness ahead of the upcoming royal wedding.

Official engagement photograph of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Copyright 2010 Mario Testino.

Britain is in the midst of memorabilia madness ahead of the upcoming royal wedding.

But one woman is really keen to expand her already swelling royal collection.

Margaret Tyler is the queen of royal memorabilia.

“I love it when I see something! I'm so cheery about it,” says Tyler.

And she can hardly contain her excitement about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming wedding.

“Oh, I’m over the moon about the wedding. I mean we all love weddings, but this one's a special one,” says Tyler.

The 67-year-old grandmother has been collecting royal souvenirs for more than 30 years.

“This is Prince William as a little boy, this is how he looked, this is how they dressed him. It's a bit spooky almost you almost think he's gonna move or something,” says Tyler.

Her London home is packed with 10,000 items.

“I can't bear things mixed up; I can't bear the wrong mug in the wrong place. It has to be in the right place,” Tyler laughs.

It's all insured for about $70,000 dollars but she has no intention of selling any of it.

Margaret may have cornered the market in royal memorabilia, but she's not the only fan.

Tourists are snapping up William and Kate souvenirs as fast as stores can stock them.

“We saw a great t-shirt the other day and it had Kate and William sitting in the tree kissing, that would be the one I’d go for,” said one shopper.

Margaret would love to scoop up more Kate and William keepsakes.

“I did want a room for William and Catherine,” says Tyler.

But the city council turned down her request to build an extension.

She'll just have to squeeze them in somehow.

Margaret does have pictures of children and grandchildren in her home but they're only allowed one shelf in the corner.


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