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Official china to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle goes on sale

Release date: Friday, 23 March 2018

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The official range of commemorative china to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle has gone on sale today, Friday, 23 March.  The exclusive design in white and cornflower blue has a monogram of the couple's initials at its centre, tied together with white ribbons and surmounted by the coronet of Prince Harry.  The decorative border of each piece is inspired by the ironwork of the 13th-century Gilebertus door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where the wedding will take place on 19 May 2018.

Produced by Royal Collection Trust, each item in the range is made in Stoke-on-Trent using methods and techniques that have remained unchanged for over 250 years. From the development of initial designs and creation of individual moulds, to the hand-finishing with 22-carat gold and manufacture of the special packaging, the production process encompasses the skills of more than 50 individuals from several factories at the heart of the English Potteries.

The official commemorative range includes a decorative miniature coffee mug (£19.95), coffee mug (£25.00), pillbox (£35.00), tankard (£39.00) and plate (£49.00).  All profits from sales of the china go to The Royal Collection Trust, the registered charity responsible for the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes.

The Gilebertus door is used by Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family when attending some services at St George’s Chapel.  The ironwork that has inspired the royal wedding china is in the form of a stylised tree and, very unusually for a work of its time, bears a name: +GILEBERTVS.

Royal Collection Trust’s Retail Director, Nuala McGourty, said, ‘Royal Collection Trust is delighted to offer the official range of commemorative china to celebrate this happy occasion.  We are pleased to continue our support of the potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, who have manufactured our previous commemorative wares to celebrate royal birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.'

The china can be purchased online from www.royalcollection.org.uk/shop and in Royal Collection Trust shops at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  

 

 

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