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Posted at 2:34 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Official wedding souvenirs for sale

By Autumn Brewington

Official Prince William and Catherine Middleton memorabilia is for sale in the window at the Buckingham Palace Shop. (Getty)

Since Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement last month, pundits have speculated about how much the British economy will benefit from the royal wedding. There's the tourism factor, of course, and the tchotchkes. The T-shirt and tea-towel vendors got some stiff competition this week when the monarchy unveiled its range of royal wedding commemorative china.

Quoting from the Royal Collection Web site:

"The official Royal Wedding range has been approved by the couple and includes a tankard (£35), eight-inch plate (£40) and pill box (£25) in English fine bone china. Each piece bears the couple's entwined initials in gold and silver surmounted by the coronet of Prince William and the wedding date. The range is decorated with a pattern of doves, white ribbons and hearts in silver, gold and grey, set against a pale-grey striped background. Handmade exclusively for the Royal Collection in Stoke-on-Trent using methods that have remained unchanged for 250 years, 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."

I'm wondering if anyone else is a little thrown by the china tankard. It looks more like something from which one would drink tea.

By Autumn Brewington  | December 21, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Prince William, Wedding souvenirs  
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