Royal wedding souvenirs for sale

Britain’s royal wedding is still
four months away, but the commemorative china created to mark the nuptials of
Prince William and Kate Middleton are now on sale for those looking to snag
official souvenirs.

The Royal Collection Trust is
offering handmade plates, cups and pill boxes made of English fine bone China.
The couple approved the design, which features their first initials and wedding
date.

“Each item is individually
decorated and then embellished with several layers of burnished gold and
platinum before a final layer of gilding in 22-carat gold is applied by
hand,” according to the collection’s website.

Prince William’s coronet is above
the “W” in gold and “C” in silver. Around each item appears
this inscription: “To celebrate the marriage of Prince William of Wales
and Catherine Middleton 29th April 2011.”

Profits from sales of the china
will benefit the Royal Collection Trust, which cares for the queen’s art
collection, the paper said. The china was made in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Royal Collection has been
working on the design since about the time when the couple announced their
engagement, on 16 November.

The collection’s director of
retail, Nuala McGourty, said: “The Royal Collection has always supported
the traditional skills and craftsmanship of the Stoke-on-Trent potteries.

 With the official commemorative range of bone
china for the forthcoming royal wedding, we are proud to continue to champion
products made in England.”

Though proceeds benefit the Royal
Collection Trust, a charity, The Herald of Scotland notes that the release of
the official merchandise is viewed as an effort to control the number of
products that will hit the marketplace.

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