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Royal Crown Derby reveals William and Kate wedding set

BBC East Midlands Today's Nina Warhurst reports

Royal Crown Derby was more than ready when news came through of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton.

The porcelain firm has been working on designs to mark the wedding for more than four years now.

The collection includes plates bearing the couples' initials, a Welsh dragon paper-weight, a lovers' cup and a mini replica of the prince's coronet.

Now the company has to wait for a date and venue to be revealed so it can finish off the set.

Lovers' cup

Marketing director Simon Willis told BBC Radio Derby: "We had to take a flyer to some extent that they were going to get married.

"Our development process is very long and there's a lot of skill involved from the design team and the manufacturing side to get the product right."

Huge boost

Royal Crown Derby has been making royal memorabilia for more than 260 years and this latest range should go on sale in around six to eight weeks.

Willis said the publicity created by the wedding will give the firm a huge boost.

He explained: "It should be a big six months for us to get the products out there and get our name known.

"I think there will be long-term benefits from this for us - and for Derby too."

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