NEW YORK–Royal Crown Derby will launch a commemorative range to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The collection will be available in early January 2011, in advance of the April wedding date.
Royal Crown Derby has spent years designing commemoratives in anticipation of a possible royal wedding, the company said. The resulting giftware range includes a loving cup, heart tray and octagonal plate, as well as a bell and Melbourne tray in the distinctive solid gold band Imari pattern. Bearing the William and Catherine monogram and an inscription, each piece is hand-finished and decorated with 22-karat gold. A Welsh Dragon forms the centerpiece of the range, in a nod to Prince William’s future as Prince of Wales.
“As a great British company, proud of our heritage, we are thrilled that we will be creating these items to celebrate our future king’s wedding day,” said Simon Willis, sales and marketing director for Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company U.K., who has given several television and radio interviews recently regarded the long-awaited royal wedding. “As a leader in the manufacturer of luxury English fine bone china, producing these items exclusively in England, our pieces have a special resonance with this occasion and will become highly collectable.”
The sluggish economy and related credit crunch have been hard on the British ceramics and pottery industry, the company noted, and Royal Crown Derby’s management has remained firm on the essential importance of manufacturing its English fine bone china in Derbyshire, England. The inevitable interest in commemorative pieces for the wedding, it added, will provide a welcome increase in sales.