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The Royal Wedding China Is Here!
What is it about royal weddings that are just so darn fun? On May 19th, 2018, Prince Henry of Wales and American actress Ms. Meghan Markle will be married in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. If you live in the U.S., you’ll have to be up at the crack of dawn to catch the ceremony—a noon wedding in the UK means it’s scheduled for 7 a.m. EST. But we know that die-hard fans will be up with the royal couple, ready with a cup of coffee, and maybe some biscuits. (If you’re in it for the long haul, treat yourself and get your caffeine fix with these homemade coffee shop drinks.)
And now, Anglophiles can celebrate the day for years to come! The Royal Collection Shop has released commemorative royal wedding china in honor of the wedding. These special plates are great for decoration, or for taking your tea party to the next level. (Ready to start planning? Check out these recipes for the perfect tea party sandwich.)
Get Your Piece of the Celebration
The Royal Collection Shop was commissioned by the Buckingham Palace to design these gorgeous plates commemorating Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The plates are hand-made in England with fine bone china, a traditional method used for over 250 years. Powder blue with 22-karat gold edging, the plates feature the couple’s monogram underneath Prince Harry’s golden coronet.
A Plateful of History
The beautiful border around the edge of the plate was inspired by the Gilebertus Door at St. George’s Chapel, where the couple will marry. The door is one of the last-standing parts of the original chapel from the mid-thirteenth century, and its use is reserved for only special occasions, like when the British Royal Family attends services at St. George’s. The ornate design on the door is a golden tree covered in vines, leaves, flowers and small animals, and this work is incorporated into the intricate border on the commemorative plates.
Plates like these have been commissioned and designed since 1840, when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married. The souvenir was the result of the rise of mass production in England, and continues to be a stalwart tradition to this day.