Jan 212011

Prince William - Kate Middleton

If you want your wedding to be classy, give your guests commemorative china, but if you want a truly royal wedding, don’t leave out the commemorative tea towels.

People Magazine recently reported that the Royal Collection will be producing tea towels for the April 29th wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Royal Collection, in case you didn’t know, is a trust held by the Queen on behalf of the nation. It includes artifacts gathered by more than five hundred years of English royalty, with such items as sculptures, jewels, manuscripts, suits of armor, delicate fans, paintings, furniture, ceramics, and more. The items within the trust date as far back as King Henry VIII, but most of the older items were dispersed when Oliver Cromwell briefly ousted the English monarchs.

Why is an institution of such regality and historical significance putting out a line of tea towels? It probably has something to do with the way the china sold: the commemorative china sold tens of thousands of units, or roughly thirty times better than the Collection anticipated. Because the marriage of William and Kate has become a worldwide news story, more than half of the sales came from outside the United Kingdom. No doubt, the Royal Collection is hoping the tea towels garner the same sort of response.

The towels will not picture William and Kate, but they will feature their embroidered initials entwined upon each towel, along with the prince’s coronet. In US dollars, the towels will sell for about $12 each.