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    >>> stepping out together for their first appearance as an engageded couple.

    >> reporter: william and indicate akate are very busy with wedding preparations. as you know, prince william is a helicopter pilot with the royal air force and there's lots of events before christmas. william and kate made their first public appearance together since the engagement at a fund-raiser for cancer patients. the bride-to-be, expertly navigating an icy walkway in towering heels. while preparations for the wedding continue at a fevered pitch. the china commemorating the event is on sale.

    >> this has been commissioned by the royal household and it has been approved by the royal couple themselves.

    >> reporter: three pieces of handmade english fine bone china trimmed with 22 caret gold and embossed with the initials w for william and c for katherine. every piece is -- they have been using the same methods to make pottery or 250 years.

    >> the china itself has been hand poured, it's been guilded using 22 caret gold again by hand. and all the design has been done with a view to the royal couple.

    >> reporter: the china is on sale on the royal collection website as well as tourist locations and it isn't cheap. a pill box for $38, something the designers call a tankard for $55 and the plates for $62. the proceeds go to maintaining the queen's vast art collection . at more than $50 each, most people probably won't drink out of these cups. they should because right after the first dip, still on the edge, two little doves sitting on a wedding ring . the bakers here in london seem to like the design even if they're not running out placing orders.

    >> i love the doves.

    >> reporter: the doves, it's clear, are a real crowd pleaser. banning images of the couple being used on tea towels, biscuit tins and t-shirts. the palace spokeswoman says for enthusiasts willing to spend the money, that's exactly what they'll get. he was in germany being honored for his own charity work . he told the german newspaper said she was absolutely thrilled with the engagement, saying he always wanted a sister.

    >> christopher, welcome back. i have to know what you think of the royal china.

    >> i love the doves.

    >> when the engagement was announced a month ago, you sat down and spent four weeks slaving away at a book, since this has been in the works for a while, so has the book.

    >> i have been working on this story for about 30 years, covering the royals, three bick bicks, -- books. my sources told me a year ago that they would be married in the spring of 2011 , and count on it, even though the palace was saying it won't happen any time soon. so i got to cracking on this book and i've been working on it now for about a year.

    >> 64% in a recent poll, 64% of people in the uk said they would like prince water vapor imagery and kate to be next in line to the thrown. and what you basically suggest in the book is that there is a possibility that the queen is considers abdictating in order to get williams and catherine to the throne sooner.

    >> for the first time, the queen is considering stepping aside.

    >> what would the reason be?

    >> because of the situation she's in. she's already the oldest monarch. victoria was three years younger when she died. if the queen lives as long as her mother, she'll be 101. charles will be almost 80 years old when he takes over. after that, william will be 60 years old.

    >> on a scale to one to ten, where is this?

    >> in my opinion, it's a ten and they have to deal with it. the men in gray, as diana calls it, the people who really run buckingham palace , everyone assumed that she thought she would stay there until she died but she can't because the monarchy wouldn't benefit.

    >> when would she make some kind of decision like this?

    >> the money would be on her 90th birthday, certainly after her diamond jubilee in 2012 . not any time really soon.

    >> you speak of william and kate in scotland where they met in college, as someone who has covered this for 30 years, this type of situation, do you think that kate is going to be subjectsubject ed or has already been subjected to the same level of scrutiny that princess diana had?

    >> you got to remember that this recurring nightmare that william has had that frankly kate would meet the same fate as his mother. he's had to deal with that kind of media attention. the british say, you know, kate middleton has never put a foot wrong, she has done everything right. there's been no embarrassing intercepted telephone calls there,'s been no hint of her cheating on william . she's never even frowned at the paparazzi, when they have been hounding her. she really is a pro at this already. so i think she's going to do very, very well.

    >> this is a modern couple, they announced their engagement using twitter. where do you think they'll take the royal family .

    >> into the 21st century . they take about this being the first wedding of the 21st century , but this is the epic love story of the 21 1st century . diasky diana made sure that her kids went to the movies and to the park it. kate is descended from coal miners , her mother was a stewardess so she knows what it's like to deal with the real world in a way that no other queen of england as known.

    >> it's 49 after the hour,

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Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton arrive to view the Thursford Christmas Spectacular gala in Thursford, England, Dec. 18. The couple will marry April 29, 2011, in Westminster Abbey.
updated 12/19/2010 7:03:35 PM ET 2010-12-20T00:03:35

Britain's royal wedding is still four months away, but the first official memorabilia went on sale Monday — a range of wedding china personally approved by the couple.

Prince William's office said the items had been commissioned by the palace department responsible for the royal family's art collection and made in Stoke-on-Trent in central England, a traditional center for British ceramics.

The three souvenirs — a tankard, plate and pill box — each feature the couple's entwined initials, the prince's coronet emblem and the date of the wedding — April 29, 2011.

On sale at royal palaces and a website, profits from the collectibles will be donated to the charity which curates the royal family's artworks, known as the Royal Collection.

"The Royal Collection has been working on the design since around the time of the engagement — it's a very fast moving process," William's office said in a statement.

His office said that the prince and his future bride had both approved the wedding merchandise.

William and Kate Middleton made her first public appearance on Saturday since announcing their engagement, attending a cancer charity fundraising event in eastern England.

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  1. William and Kate

    On April 29, 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, eight years after they first met at university. The prince popped the question five months earlier to his longtime girlfriend during a vacation to Kenya. Take a look at their top moments.

    Official wedding photo The online version of the royal wedding's official program includes a never-before-seen portrait of the couple, shot by Mario Testino. Testino also shot their official engagement pics. (Mario Testino / Art Partner) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A pre-wedding outing

    Kate Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge as she is known after the wedding, waves as she walks with Prince William in Darwen, England, on April 11, less than three weeks until the royal wedding. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Royal couple mania!

    Excited fans line up to see Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Darwen, England, on April 11. The prince was in the town to officially open the school. (Lindsey Parnaby / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Weather or not

    Heavy rain didn't prevent Kate Middleton and Prince William from thrilling the crowd that gathered to see them as they arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in northern England on April 11. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A perfect flip

    Prince William looks on as Kate Middleton tosses a pancake during a visit to City Hall on March 8, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Indigo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Wedding blooms

    Britain's Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, speak to wedding florist Rachel Gibson during a visit to the Greenmount Agriculture & Food College, in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on March 8, 2011. (Paul Faith / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Remembering Christchurch

    Prince William looks on as his fiancée Kate Middleton signs the book of condolence in memory of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake at the New Zealand High Commission in London. (David Parker / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Romantic homecoming

    Prince William and Kate Middleton returned to the university where they met and fell in love on Feb. 25 with an official visit to St. Andrews on the east coast of Scotland. (Danny Lawson / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pouring some bubbly

    Prince William and his blushing bride-to-be Kate Middleton performed a bit of royal duty, making a rare public appearance in Anglesey, Wales to christen Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station’s brand new lifeboat, the "Hereford Endeavour" on Feb. 24, 2011. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Official engagement portraits

    The couple pose in their official engagement portraits, taken by photographer Mario Testino in the Cornwall Room at St James's Palace in London on Nov. 25, 2010. (Mario Testino / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Engaged at last

    William and Kate pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London on Nov. 16, after they announced their engagement. The couple are to wed April 29, 2011. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Diana's ring

    This close-up shows that the engagement ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton was the one that had belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. The ring is an oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds. (Paul Hackett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Royal couple

    Months of speculation about William and Kate's engagement grew more intense when the couple attended Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford's wedding at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Oct. 23, 2010, in Northleach near Cheltenham, England. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Chic chapeau

    In an eye-catching hat, Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks on Aug. 14, 2009, in London. Middleton had been named to Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list in July 2008. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Wedding guests

    Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the wedding of friend Chiara Hunt in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 6, 2008. Two years and two months later, it was announced that the prince and his longtime girlfriend had finally become engaged. (Ikon Pictures via Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A jolly good time

    Prince Harry, Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall laugh together as they watch the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle on June 16, 2008. (Tim Graham / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Together again

    Prince William and Kate Middleton at a Royal Air Force graduation ceremony held at RAF Cranwell, England on April 11, 2008. Middleton's accompanying the prince as he was awarded his RAF wings was a clear indication that the couple had reconciled after a widely reported split a year earlier. (Michael Dunlea / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A day at the races

    Kate Middleton attends a horse race at the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire, western England, in this March 16, 2007, photograph. (Eddie Keogh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. On the slopes

    Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted skiing in Klosters, Switzerland, on March 19, 2008, one of a number of public appearances together that showed that they had reconciled after a reported April 2007 breakup. (Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. They're off!

    Prince William and Kate Middleton on the first day of the Cheltenham Race Festival in Gloucestershire, on March 13, 2007. One month later, the media reported that Middleton and the prince had broken up. (Stephen Lock / Rex USA) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Separate seats

    Prince Harry (front left) and Prince William (on Harry's left) are clearly enjoying a performance at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London on July 1, 2007. So is Kate Middleton (upper right corner). At the time, rumor had it that William and Kate had reconciled after their split in April 2007, but they sat separately, insisting that they were "just good friends." (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Sports fans

    Prince William and Kate Middleton attend a rugby match in London in this Feb. 10, 2007, photo. (Richard Heathcote / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Paparazzi prey

    Photographers snap pictures of Kate Middleton as she leaves her Chelsea home on Jan. 9, 2007, her 25th birthday. The growing media attention that she attracted at this time prompted warnings to the press from Prince Charles, Prince William and Middleton's lawyers. As a result, two newspaper groups decided to cease publishing paparazzi photos of Middleton. (Solo via ZUMA Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Lady in red

    Kate Middleton arrives at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, on Dec. 15, 2006. (Ben Gurr / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Guest of honor

    Kate Middleton is seen at the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes at St Cyriac's Church, Lacock on May 6, 2006, in Wiltshire, England. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Model behavior

    Kate Middleton models on the catwalk at a student fashion show attended by Prince William on March 26, 2002, in St. Andrews, Scotland. The prince reportedly paid 200 pounds to sit in the first row and watch Middleton model a sheer dress over a black bandeau and bikini bottoms. (M Neilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Heads on a platter

    In November 2006, British retailer Woolworths showed a china plate representing Prince William and Kate Middleton as a commemorative gift for their wedding. Four years later the prediction finally came true when the royal family announced that the couple were engaged. (Woolworths via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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