Although technically not a real product, the idea behind a bulletproof umbrella has been popular in spy movies for decades - but could it become a reality with some unexpected help from Her Majesty?

Is there a genuine chance we might see Queen Elizabeth match her favourite handbag to the same colour as her bulletproof umbrella?

Well, perhaps! The family-run London umbrella company that has supplied the Royal Family for many years have now designed their first 'bulletproof umbrella', as well as a parachute version of the famed weather protector.

Like something more associated with James Bond rather than umbrella design news, the tests carried out on the prototype umbrella showed the Kevlar canopy successfully blocking the ballistics in carefully regulated tests.

But one problem did arise - it was so heavy it could barely be lifted by a person, making it completely unpractical… not very James Bond-like at all.

Fulton Umbrellas in Park Royal also designed a parachute umbrella that was put in to action as a possible escape mechanism for people trapped in tall buildings, but this too proved to be problematic as tests revealed the canopy would need to be 20 metres wide to stop a fully-grown adult falling to their death.

It certainly does send our minds in to overdrive with potential film plots, but in the meantime why not take a look at our regular plain umbrellas? They are definitely NOT bulletproof, but we do stock an umbrella for almost any occasion.

Whether you're looking for a simple golf umbrella, a fashionable birdcage umbrella for a loved ones wedding or just a big dome umbrella to protect you when looking for that elusive hole-in-one!

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