Royal Wedding Souvenir & Gifts industry
As the Royal wedding draws close, the British souvenir and gifts industry are moving into full swing. From the exclusive to the more traditional, the wedding itself is opening doors for many companies to offer a range of wedding souvenir and gifts.
With the Royal wedding in little over a month, one such ‘exclusive’ gift p is what is reported to be the first ever Loving Cup, recently hand-gilded at a pottery in Staffordshire yesterday. Bearing the entwined initials C and W to stand for Prince William and Kate – or Catherine – Middleton, in gold and silver, this fine bone china two-handled cup, which is new to the range of Official Royal Wedding Commemorative China, also features the coronet of Prince William and the wedding date.
The couple had the final say on the piece and approved the design, which is decorated with a pattern of doves, white ribbons and hearts in silver, gold and grey, set against a pale grey striped background. Inside the tankard are rows of tiny hearts and two silver doves holding a gold wedding ring. Each is made with several layers of burnished gold and platinum before a final layer of gilding is applied by hand in 22-carat gold. There will only be 1,000 of them made for the Collection and gilder Linda Hancox said working on the first ever Loving Cup was a nerve-wracking task.
Another UK company offering a range of exclusive gifts are using the Internet to promote their Royal wedding souvenir and gifts. The Thimble Guild have a rather exclusive range of commemorative thimbles, wedding bells spoons and much more available to the British public.
Other more traditional the wedding souvenir and gifts, bunting, flags and commemorative magazines are available throughout the UK and on every street corner in London.
This is a fine example of British industry making the most of the market whilst helping the public celebrate such a happy occasion.