Royal Wedding Countdown: It's a Royal Wedding Memorabilia Bonanza
When Kate Middleton met Prince William, we bet she never imagined her face would end up on everything from comic books to condoms!
Ever since the royal couple announced their April 29 nuptials, merchandisers have been in overdrive creating everything from fine bone china collectors‚Äô items to the kind of tacky trinkets that would struggle to find a place in even the most enthusiastic royal fan‚Äôs home.
From weird to wonderful, check out our pick of the royal wedding memorabilia hitting the shelves to celebrate the big day.
WILLIAM & KATE PEZ DISPENSER
The royal wedding PEZ dispenser featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton was sold on eBay for a whopping $13,360. A Connecticut man placed the winning bid and PEZ has announced that the proceeds will go to charity.
‚ÄúKISS ME KATE‚ÄĚ BEER
England‚Äôs Castle Rock Brewery has created 70,000 bottles of Kiss Me Kate beer, which is available exclusively at Britain‚Äôs Morrisons supermarket. Those heading to England for the wedding can also sample the brew on draught in Castle Rock pubs throughout April.
ROYAL MAIL STAMPS
If you‚Äôre poised to send a postcard from London, don‚Äôt forget to stock up on Britain‚Äôs Royal Mail commemorative stamps, featuring Mario Testino‚Äôs gorgeous official engagement photos of Will and Kate.
The tiny Pacific island of Niue caused a storm of controversy when they released their commemorative royal wedding stamp, featuring a tear down the middle of the happy couple. The complete stamp is worth $5.80 New Zealand dollars, but used separately, Will‚Äôs side is worth NZ$3.40 and Kate‚Äôs just NZ$2.40. Ominous signs of a future split? Let‚Äôs hope not!
KNIT YOUR OWN ROYAL WEDDING BOOK
Strictly for those with time on their hands (or speed-knitting qualifications), Fiona Goble‚Äôs book offers knitting patterns for the entire royal family in their full wedding finery. Genius!
CROWN JEWELS CONDOMS
Proving that the royal couple‚Äôs faces really can end up on anything, Heritage Condoms Ltd has produced Crown Jewels, ‚Äúcondoms of distinction.‚ÄĚ The box does warn that they‚Äôre for souvenir purposes only. Interpret that as you wish.
FAME: THE ROYALS COMIC BOOK
Veteran comic book scribe CW Cooke gives Will and Kate‚Äôs life stories a comic-book spin in Bluewater Productions' 32-page tome, available in comic book stores for $3.99.
England‚Äôs most esteemed fine bone China manufacturers, Aynsley, Wedgwood and Royal Worcester have produced a fine collection of official crockery. Now available in the Queen‚Äôs Gallery shop in London, it appears to have the royal seal of approval!