The Brits have long been enamoured with Royal-themed goods, a convention dating back to the first commemorative mug, made to mark the restoration of Charles II in 1661. For the fast approaching nuptials of Kate and Wills Buckingham Palace has imposed strict guidelines on memorabilia to mark the occasion. However, the unofficial market is beyond their control, allowing artists to express their admiration and numerous companies to capitalise on the lucrative opportunity. The result is an array of ingenious, humorous or outright tacky tributes.
Model makers at LEGOLAND Windsor used LEGO bricks to painstakingly depict the happy couple returning to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony. The intricate scene pictured above features the crowd, guests and even corgis, it took over 30 hours and 160,000 pieces to put together.
'A Union of Pleasure' Crown Jewels Condoms
Claiming to ‘combine the strength of a prince with the yielding sensitivity of a princess to be’ a unique heritage edition of Royal wedding prophylactics have been commissioned by Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction. Buyers are encouraged to ‘lie back and think of England’ as afterall ‘like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion’. The pack of three contraceptives come presented in a timeless souvenir heirloom collectors box complete with a collectable portrait of the Royal couple as they might appear on their wedding day.
'I Dough' Papa John's Pizza
Pizza company Papa John’s have commissioned a food artist to recreate the upper crust couple’s wedding portrait using pizza toppings. Kate’s veil is made from mushrooms and her dress from cheese, while William’s morning suit is composed of salami and peppers.
Crown Carveries' 'Forktrait'
Another edible effort comes from Crown Carveries who commissioned a roast with all the trimmings to be arranged in the image of Kate and Wills. With Turkey for skin, carrots for clothes and beef for hair this truly is a striking likeness of the couple.
A Matter of Taste, jelly bean portrait
This sickly sweet tribute to the Royal couple was created from 11,000 jelly beans, a feat that took artist Malcolm West over 5 weeks. Uncannily, a fortnight after the portrait's unveiling the image of Kate Middleton was spotted on a single bean. The lookalike candy is now expected to fetch up to £500 at auction.
Let them eat Kate, Michelle Wibowo's fruit cake
This years Ideal Home Show had a special entrant in the cake decorating competition. Michelle Wibowo transformed a fruit cake into this delightful portrayal of the couple to be, 1kg of icing sugar was hand sculpted and finally airbrushed to achieve the astoundingly realistic finish.
Adoring fans of the happy couple can use their fingertips to show their support by having a miniature portrait emblazoned on their nails with these delicate royal wedding decals.
Stamp of Approval
Over two weeks artist Peter Mason used 3000 postage stamps featuring the head of the Queen Mum to craft a portrait of the bride and groom to be.
Royal Wedding Sick Bags
And if it all gets too much, there's always Lydia Leith's Royal Wedding Sick Bags! Guaranteed to be eBay treasure within a decade. For now, a bargain at just £3 each.
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