B&Q is celebrating the Royal Wedding with the sale of a commemorative pair of gnomes.
The DIY and gardening retailer has a history of marking national events with special designs of the classic English garden favourite. The England football gnome, launched to commemorate the 2010 World Cup, resulted in thousands of units sold, with some stores operating waiting lists.
The wedding gnomes for Kate and William sport a Union Jack flag hat, he wears a morning suit and she wears a traditional white gown. While there is much speculation around the designer of Kate’s dress, B&Q can reveal the designer of the gnome’s dress is the retailer’s design team.
Tom Kuhr, garden equipment buyer at B&Q said: “We expect demand for the gnomes to be very high as royal items are always sought after as a collectible item.
“While some people may turn their nose up at gnomes thinking they’re a little kitsch we feel there is room for humour in everyone’s lives, and the garden should be no exception. However, with the interest in the Royal Wedding and the number of collectors of royal memorabilia I wouldn’t be surprised to see our gnomes popping up on Antiques Roadshow in the future.”
The wedding gnomes go on sale from mid-April at £12.98 each or £20 for the pair.