Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding China Revealed — and It's Inspired by Her Secret Nuptials
You don’t need to have been a guest at Princess Beatrice's surprise royal wedding to enjoy her big day.
A range of commemorative chinaware has been launched by the Royal Collection Trust to celebrate the July 17 nuptials, which discreetly took place at All Saint's Chapel, in Windsor Great Park.
The celebratory items, which went on sale Wednesday, include a pair of $50 tankards gilded with 22-carat gold that bear the monograms of Beatrice and her Italian property developer husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi — known as "Edo" to his close friends.
"The exclusive design shows the couple’s initials surmounted by the coronet of Princess Beatrice, surrounded by a bouquet of pink roses, peonies, lemon blossom and thistles, secured with the white rose of York," says a release from the Trust, which is selling the items through its online store.
"The pink roses in the design reflect those that were included in Her Royal Highness’s bridal bouquet, while the thistles symbolize the couple’s love for Balmoral," the release continues.
"The bee motif throughout the range represents Her Royal Highness’s initial and how she is addressed by family and friends."
The delicate wedding tankards were made in Stoke-on-Trent, England — an area known as 'The Potteries' for its long history of ceramic expertise — using traditional methods that have remained unchanged for more than 250 years.
They're also complemented in the collection by an equally delicate china Royal Wedding Pillbox ($45), which bears Beatrice's monogram on the lid and Edo's on the inside.
The Royal Collection Trust, which organizes the opening of the main royal palaces and their accompanying stores to the public, has created the china wedding items to raise funds for the conservation of the Queen's extensive art collection, and its range of exhibitions, publications, loans, and educational programs.
They follow on the heels of similar china items honoring royal milestones such as the May 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the 2013 birth of Prince George, which included items carrying the words "royal baby" until parents Prince William and Kate Middleton revealed the little prince's name to the world.
The commemorative collection also includes a miniature tube of $4 handbag wedding shortbreads labeled “For Emergencies,” a 100% cotton Royal Wedding tea towel ($13) bearing Beatrice's monogram in ornate gold print, and a York Rose hanging decoration embroidered with gold threads and colorful beads ($19).
Fittingly for a royal wedding, there's also some sweet strawberry truffles filled with creamy ganache.
The wedding gifts also complement the newly-opened display of Beatrices's hand-me-down wedding gown at Windsor Castle, which went public on Thursday.
Along with the glittering gown, Princess Beatrice's recycled Valentino shoes and a replica of her bridal bouquet are also on display.