HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton have approved the Royal Collection
s range of china commissioned to commemorate their forthcoming marriage on 29 April 2011. The official Royal Wedding range includes a tankard (£35), eight-inch plate (£40) and pill box (£25) in English fine bone china.
Each piece bears the couples 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. Inside the tankard are rows of tiny hearts and two silver doves holding a gold wedding ring.
The Royal Wedding china is 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.
All pieces come in a presentation box and are wrapped in white tissue-paper printed with designs inspired by the wall hangings in Clarence House. The official Royal Wedding commemorative range can be purchased online. It is also available from the Royal Collection shops at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and will be sold at Balmoral, Highgrove and Sandringham.
All profits from the sale of the Royal Wedding range are dedicated to the Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of the Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection and the promotion of public access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.