Royal Wedding regulations rule out souvenir tea towels

The Royal Family has set out strict rules for souvenirs produced to celebrate the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Commemorative tea towels have been banned after being deemed not “in good taste”, according to the regulations revealed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Official commemorative products must not be used to advertise any other products and the use of the Prince’s Coat of Arms is forbidden.

Products must only use approved images of Prince William and Ms Middleton and the Palace has suggested a phrase that official commemorative merchandise should use: “To Commemorate the Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, 29th April 2011.”

Aprons and t-shirts are also disallowed while mugs, plates, commemorative coins and wall hangings have been given the go ahead.

The Sun newspaper has launched a campaign in support of commemorative Royal tea towels under the banner: “Society for the Protection of Royal Tea Towels”.

Retail analysts have suggested that sales of commemorative souvenirs for the Royal wedding could boost the retail sector by £620m.

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