Are you just chafing to show off your patriotic soul while you mooch in front of a gazillion hours of Her Maj’s Diamond Jubilee this summer?
If so, TV accessory kings OneForAll have produced a special ‘Royal Remote’ for Sky+HD boxes to go with the celebratory TV marathon you’ll already be planning for the first weekend of June.
The handset is emblazoned with the Union Jack and will go nicely with your Diamond Jubilee tea set, tea towels and tea cosy.
It’ll put you in a commanding position as you warm up with Andrew Marr’s The Diamond Queen series on the BBC, ahead of wall-to-wall news coverage of events to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne, her special concert on June 4 and thanksgiving service on June 5. It will also come in handy whenever there’s a repeat of The Italian Job.
An arguably collectible piece of jingoistic pop-culture, it costs £29.99 and will be available from mid-May at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Asda. It’s also £24.99 from Sky Accessories.
The latest software update from OneForAll means you can also change your TV’s input source (not that you’ll be switching from your Sky+ anyway), and access other menus, as well as controlling channels and volume. The master power button will switch your TV and Sky box on or off together, and it comes with two long-lasting Duracell batteries.
The Royal Remote contains the codes for 727 different TVs, with setup information at bskyb.uebv.com.
Recombu Digital’s Diamond Jubilee TV highlights are:
June 2: The Epsom Derby. A Liz favourite where we hope she’ll have both winning horses and a hat to remember.
June 3: The Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. You’ve no time to join the street party, so stock up for a packed lunch and settle in as The Queen leads a flotilla of 1,000 boats along the River Thames, assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world.
June 4: The BBC Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, organised by Gary Barlow and featuring Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Ed Sheeran. Jools Holland will play honky-tonk piano alongside every act. Also keep an eye on the news channels for the lighting of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons, from Land’s End to John O’Groats and across the Commonwealth.
June 5: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving and Carriage Procession: There will be a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.