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Royal wedding china made in Stoke-on-Trent goes on sale

Royal Collection's range of china to commemorate the forthcoming wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton
Image caption All profits from the sale of items from the range are dedicated to the Royal Collection Trust

An official range of royal wedding china to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has gone on sale.

A tankard, plate and pill box, by the Royal Collection and made in Stoke-on-Trent, have been personally approved by the prince and his fiancee.

Made from English fine bone china, each item bears the couple's initials, the prince's coronet and the wedding date.

The company said staff had been kept busy since the engagement announcement.

The couple made their first public appearance together on Sunday - at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity fundraising gala in Norfolk - since they became engaged.

Nuala McGourty, the Royal Collection's director of retail, said: "The tankard, plate and pill box have been exclusively designed for the Royal Collection and approved by His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

Image caption The couple made their first public appearance on Sunday since the engagement announcement

"Each English fine bone china piece bears the couple's entwined initials in gold and silver surmounted by Prince William's coronet and the wedding date.

"Doves, white ribbons, and hearts in silver, gold and grey, set against a pale-grey striped background, decorate the whole range."

The Royal Collection is keen to support traditional skills and craftsmanship of the Stoke-on-Trent potteries and is proud to continue to champion products made in England, the spokesman added.

Each item has been individually decorated and then embellished with several layers of burnished gold and platinum before a final layer of gilding in 22-carat gold, applied by hand.

The tankard costs £35, the eight-inch plate £40 and pill box £25 and are available from the Royal Collection website and its shops at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and will also be sold at Balmoral, Highgrove and Sandringham.

All profits from the sale of items from the range are dedicated to the Royal Collection Trust.

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