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The world is getting ready for the tying of the Windsor Knot on April 29th. The royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is big business. Just like they did when Charles and Diana were married, companies have come up with some novel ideas for cashing in on the nuptials. Even the British government is cashing in with their commemorative coins.
Here are some of the more interesting Royal Wedding sourvenirs, with a link to more at the bottom:
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.
Britain's Royal Mint has revealed another coin — this time, to honor next month’s royal wedding. While it’s certainly an improvement over the engagement coin, it’s still not a splitting image of Will and Kate. The two are pictured gazing into each other’s eyes, but William looks spacey while Kate is focused and toothy.
The £5 pound coin, will become legal tender on March 16, has been approved by William, Queen Elizabeth and the government. "Public interest in this great event is already huge, and building every day, so we are anticipating massive demand for these official commemorative coins," the Royal Mint said on its website.
Royal wedding memorabilia just got a whole lot... tastier? Castle Rock brewery is celebrating the marriage of 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.
Does talk of a mushy royal wedding make you physically sick? Does your stomach churn when you're subjected to news about Kate's dress? You're in luck. Lydia Leith created kitschy sick bags, selling for £3 each, for those who can't stomach a big, expensive wedding celebration.
The "Crown Jewels: Wedding Night Condoms" feature the happy royal couple smiling at each other. "Lie back and think of England," recommends the company's website. These sell for £13.50 for a 3-pack of 9 condoms, available at crownjewelscondoms.com.
This 17-inch, limited-edition fashion doll shows the bride-to-be in her blue Issa designer dress and wearing Princess Diana's iconic sapphire engagement ring. Order the doll and you will also get a replica ring that you can wear. The doll is available at the Paradise Galleries store on Amazon.com.
Want more souvenir items to look at? Go here.