Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have had their April marriage commemorated in many ways, from calendars and towels to beer steins and condoms. But this ChristmasÂ—their first Christmas as a royal coupleÂ—the two are being honored with their own Christmas ornament, in blue, gold and white, reports People magazine.
The tree ornament is made by Royal Crown Derby, and is formal and tasteful in every wayÂ—no smiling pictures, just a sober blue W for Prince William intertwined with a gold C for CatherineÂ—Kate MiddletonÂ—the now-royal bride. Over the initials sits a crown. The designer was thinking ahead. And the item is hand-finished in 22-carat gold, with "Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 29th April 2011," inscribed on the side, to honor the date of the wedding.
The glass bauble has dark blue satin ribbons attached at the top, as ties, and a gold stem at the bottom. This ornament, or a few dozen like it, could dignify a tree in any location. Picture, perhaps, a white or a gold-flocked tree, with a deep blue skirt, and covered with Prince William and Kate Middleton ornamentsÂ—which cost about $130 each. Elegant, worked into a matching color scheme or blue and gold and a creamy white.
Or, royal watchers all over the world could settle for adding one or two to the tree they already have. Probably most collectors will leave theirs in its original box, as an investment. This just may be the best collector commemoration, yet.
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