Britain’s royal wedding means the makers of official commemorative chinaware have been working flat out for months.
The traditional English pottery region of Stoke-on-Trent is the hub of this activity and has been turning out souvenir tankards, mugs, plates, bowls etc. for the Royal Collection.
The chinaware is just part of a mass of royal wedding-themed memorabilia, which British businesses hope will give a short-term boost to the economy.
Souvenir sales are expected to top more than 200 million euros according to the UK Centre for Retail Research.
One of the best sellers has been a book of instructions on how to ‘knit the wedding’.
The patterns are created by Fiona Goble who hopes the royal couple would be OK with their woolly incarnations: “I think they’ve got a good sense of humour and I think they’d like it a lot of more than some of the images I’ve seen of them on mugs and tea towels. So I think they’d like them.”
Helped by a promotional video, the knitting pattern book has now sold more than 50,000 copies worldwide.
Watch the knitted royal wedding video here