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Fit for a Royal

In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday today, royal expert Andrew Lannerd shares his personal collection of rare royal memorabilia, including signed royal photographs, letters written by the Queen, as well as his personal collection of royal wedding cakes.

Andrew also shares a personal story of his experience meeting the Queen, along with etiquette examples of meeting royals – “Don’t extend the hand”, bow, curtsy, etc. Andrew’s vast knowledge of the Royal Family has led him to create unique tours for Transcendent Travel, LLC of the United Kingdom. In July 2016, the “Glorious Scotland” tour will take guests to many of Scotland’s greatest castles and gardens and will also involve a private gala evening onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for tour guests.

Full tour information can be found at ANDREW LANNERD

Indianapolis-based Andrew Lannerd, a passionate Anglophile and leading expert of the inner workings and history of the British Monarchy, can provide dining etiquette, proper table settings, menus and hospitality fit for royals. His primary area of focus ranges from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) to present day. (He also is general manager of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir).

Andrew is one of the top collectors of rare royal memorabilia in North America. His collection features thousands of unique objects, including over 700 books, letters written by Queen Elizabeth II and other senior members of the Royal Family, signed photographs, a rare collection of Royal Wedding cakes, clothing worn by members of the Royal Family, rare palace china, porcelain and glass. (Here is clip of Andrew showcasing some of his collection, including a piece of Princess Diana’s wedding cake. (

Drawing upon 10+ years of intensive research, his knowledge of the monarchy is often called upon by people researching the topic. Noted for his knowledge on the subject, Andrew most recently served as an interviewee and manuscript consultant in the book “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy and Consumer Culture,” published by the University of California Press in 2015.

Andrew also is lead tour-director of Chicago-based Transcendent Travel Services, LLC. a boutique travel agency specializing in exclusive, tailor made tours, including “Glorious Scotland” and “Stately Homes and Afternoon Teas” in London.