Royal Family enthusiast Jan Hugo, of Nulkaba, excited for the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

ENTHUSIAST: Monarchs in the Hunter owner Jan Hugo with some of the memorabilia she has collected in anticipation of the Royal wedding. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers When it comes to the British Royal Family, Nulkaba’s Jan Hugo is quite possibly the biggest fan in .

Her memorabilia collection boasts more than 10,000 pieces –from a King George III coin from 1806, to a life-sized cardboard cutout of the soon-to-be-wed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Mrs Hugo’s collection started with acoin commemorating Charles and Diana’s engagement, which she bought when hereldest daughter Penny was born in 1981.

When she went to the chemist to order Penny’s baby photos, she received a set of Charles and Diana weddingwine glasses for free.

She soon added a plate, a spoon and a tea towel, and it all grew from there.

“We got to 10,000 and stopped counting,” she said.

“But we add something every day.”

Mrs Hugo and her husband David establishedMonarchs in the Hunter at their home after the birth of Prince George in 2013, when their collection gained national media attention.

They have since taken regular tour groups through their home, with guests coming fromfar and wide to view the collection, learn a bit of history and enjoy morning tea.

Many of the pieces have been donated to what’s now believed to be ’s biggest collection of Royal Family memorabilia.

“People send it in the mail, we’ll find parcels on the verandah,” Mrs Hugo said.

Her daughters help her find piecesonline, and she scours gift shops, second-hand shops andantique stores.

Mrs Hugo does a bit of research on each piece, and shares the fascinating history with her tour groups.

ROYAL FAN: Jan Hugo runs Monarchs in the Hunter from her Nulkaba home. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

It’s been a big year for the Royal Family, with the birth of Prince Louis in April, along with Prince Harry and Ms Markle’supcoming nuptials, which Mrs Hugo said hasresulted in a boost in tour numbers at her home in the past month.

Mrs Hugo said Prince Harry is her favourite royal,and she thinks Meghan will make a lovely duchess.

“She reminds me of Diana in that she has a kind heart, and she makes Harry happy,” she said.

Mrs Hugo will have high tea with a group of friends to watch the royal wedding on Saturday night.

“We’ll have our tiaras on and our flags out,” she said.

Royal fan Jan gripped by wedding fever The newest attraction at Legoland in Windsor, England, Friday, May 11, 2018 shows a depiction of the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside Windsor Castle. Picture: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

The ‘Instrument of Consent’, which is the Queen’s historic formal consent to Prince Harry’s forthcoming marriage to Meghan Markle, photographed at Buckingham Palace in London, Friday May 11, 2018. Picture: Victoria Jones/Pool via AP

Picture: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, where the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place on Saturday. Picture: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

April 25, 2018, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration on ANZAC Day at Westminster Abbey in London. Picture: Eddie Mulholland/Pool via AP


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