INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – We’re celebrating “London Week” on CBS4 as the Colts prepare to take on the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, but you don't have to go all the way to England for some royal inspiration. You can find a little piece of England right here in the circle city.
Andrew Lannerd is an Anglophile and expert on the history of the British Monarchy. He’s spent more than 15 years studying the royal family and has transformed his Indianapolis home into a mini museum.
“These aren’t things you find on eBay per say, you have to have connections and contacts which luckily I’ve built up through friends, so I’ve been lucky in that regard,” Lannerd said.
For Lannerd, the collection started back when he was a teenager.
“When Princess Diana passed away, I just became obsessed with everything royal, so I wanted to collect, I wanted to research and it’s turned into one of the great passions of my life,” he said.
Lannerd has collected more than 700 books and thousands of items, including letters written by Queen Elizabeth II and signed photos. He even has a rare collection of royal wedding cakes.
“The Queen and Prince Phillip's cake, Charles and Diana’s cake, Andrew and Fergie’s cake, Princess Anne’s cake and the most recent is William and Catherine’s cake.” He said.
After getting a lot of requests throughout the years, Andrew used his knowledge to create a business.
“I was going to England so often and people kept saying, ‘we want to go with you, you’re the one who knows where to go.’”
That’s when Andrew created Transcendent Travel Services, LLC, an agency specializing in experience-based travel. He’s been able to organize many unique tours and experiences, including a dinner on the Queen’s yacht.
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