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Wacky royal wedding memorabilia
Commemorative condoms? Cereal? Kate Middleton fashion dolls? See how fans of the royal wedding are getting creative with fun, new products.
Wacky royal wedding memorabilia
Want more than just a royal wedding commemorative T-shirt or tea towel? Fans of Prince William and Kate Middleton are now offering an impressive array of fun items, including fashion dolls, comic books, toy sets and even condoms.
The Franklin Mint created The Kate Middleton Royal Bridal Doll, available for a cool $295.
Poppin' the question
Bazooka Candy Brands has put together a limited edition Swarovski crystal-encrusted Ring Pop. The blue jewel itself is the same size and shape of the classic Ring Pop lollipop, except it is not edible. The design, however, is inspired by Kate's sapphire engagement ring.
Eye of the needle
The latest work by micro-sculpture artist Willard Wigan shows Prince William and Kate Middleton in an eye of a needle. Wigan, an artist celebrated for his tiny creations, fashioned the piece, which can only be viewed through a microscope, from synthetic fibre and painted it using a single eyelash.
Who says your four-legged friends can’t also be swept up in royal wedding fever? Thanks to Petite Pooch Fashion, you can now outfit your pup with a bespoke leather dog collar royally festooned with a union jack lining and a framed image of Kate Middleton and Prince William and ringed with high-quality, silver charms shaped like tiaras, crowns and other wedding-themed shapes.
A commemorative beer with an added twist
Seeking to give themselves an edge over other brewers with an eye for royal wedding commemoration, the creative minds at BrewDog concocted Royal Virility Performance. Reportedly imbued with Viagra, chocolate, Horny Goat Weed and “a healthy dose of sarcasm,” this limited edition artisanal beer is available only from the company’s website, BrewDog.com.
Not your average poster child
The “Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Royal Wedding Scrapbook” poster on commemorates the couple's April 29 wedding.
For those fretting that all the good princes are taken, there's a “Keep Calm, Harry is Still Single” poster. Both posters are on AllPosters.com.
A running start
New Balance UK is making a limited number of pairs of it's 576 sneaker to commemorate the royal wedding. The trainers, as they are called in England, have blue velvet and red mesh with "Will" and "Kate" stitched on the tongues. Ten couples with the names Will and Kate (or Catherine, Katie, Williams or other valid variations) could enter a contest to win the shoes (U.K. residents only).
The Papa John's pizza chain has created its own image of Prince William and Kate Middleton -- made out of a mosaic pizza -- ahead of their April 29 wedding. The chain worked with a food artist to create the pizza, which includes Kate Middleton's veil made from mushrooms, her dress from cheese, and William's suit out of salami and peppers.
Mix and match
"Royal Wedding: William and Kate Dress-up Dolly Book" is an illustrated book contains lifelike cut-out figures of Prince William and Kate Middleton and includes a variety of outfits to mix and match. The book also contains interesting facts about their romance, engagement and wedding.
Not boxed up
Prince William and Catherine are portrayed on each side of Westminster Abbey on this 24-carat gold-embellished box. On the side panels are the prince’s coat of arms, with the couple’s initials, and Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II will give a reception following the marriage. The box is also decorated with the national flowers of the United Kingdom: rose, daffodil, shamrock and thistle.
Worker Linda Hancox gilds the first of a limited edition of 1,000 Loving Cups, to be part of the official Royal Wedding commemorative china, at one of the factories making the official china, in Stoke-on-Trent, in central England March 23, 2011. The china has been produced to mark the April 29 wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Royal wedding cake
Baker Michelle Wibowo spent 80 hours sculpting a tasty homage to Prince William and equally sweet Kate Middleton for the Ideal Home Show Cake competetion. The fruitcake, a royal twist on the classic tiered wedding cake, is covered in apricot jam and made up of more than 20 pounds of marzipan and 10 pounds of icing sugar.
Dunkin' Donuts revealed their newest addition, the "Royal Wedding Donut," which is filled with gooey red jelly and topped with vanilla icing with just a dash of chocolate drizzle. For just 89 cents, you can dunk these royally caloric morsels in your morning coffee starting April 24 at participating Dunkin' Donuts.
Piece of pie
British company Pieminister is preparing for the upcoming nuptials by releasing two new limited-edition treats. The "Kate & Wills" pie is made with beef, wine, bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms and a dash of brandy, while the "The Royal Pear" pie is composed of poached pears, rum and chocolate.
Little Miss Princess
A new "Little Miss" book commemorates the royal wedding: "Little Miss Princess has been invited to a very special wedding - a royal wedding! But she's given her maids and butlers the day off work. Will she get there on time?" The large-format coloring book comes with two pages of stickers and a personalized wedding section for fans.
Kiss Me Kate
Castle Rock brewery has announced plans to celebrate the marriage of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton in the best way it knows how – by brewing a special real ale. Called "Kiss Me Kate," it will be available on draught at Castle Rock and many other local pubs for the full month in the run up to the wedding on April 29.
In hot water
A Hamburg company has beaten the Brits at their own game — a cup of tea — by selling "KaTEA" tea bags featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton happily soaking in hot water. Filled with German-grown black tea, they are being sold for a limited time with a greeting card at donkey-products.com.
The "Crown Jewels: Condoms of Distinction" feature the happy royal couple smiling at each other. "Lie back and think of England," recommends the company's website. "Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion." These sell for £13.50 for a 3-pack of 9 condoms, available at crownjewelscondoms.com.
Early Learning Centre's children's play set includes the bride and groom sitting in a gold-trimmed horse-drawn carriage, flanked by the Queen of England, Prince Phillip and their favorite corgi, with a Royal Cavalry soldier and foot soldier standing guard. Available at Early Learning Centre for £15.
"The Royals" follows Prince William throughout his privileged upbringing, schooling, hardships and eight-year romance with Kate. The 32-page comic, on sale for $3.99, will also feature fictional details of the royal wedding, including Kate’s dress, the couple’s honeymoon location and more. You can order the comic book at comicshoplocator.com.
They nailed it
Butter London is due to release a limited edition nail lacquer in honor of Kate Middleton's engagement. The shade is said to be gray-blue with glitter galore and is cleverly dubbed "No More Waity, Katie", a facetious play on the endearing "Waity Katie" nickname given to her pre-engagement.
All dressed up
Fashion label Reiss has re-created the "Nanette" frock that the princess-to-be wore for her engagement photo session with Mario Testino. As part of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the frilly white dress has been produced in a lighter-weight fabric (while still maintaining its original style). It will be available in Reiss stores beginning Feb. 7.