Keeping it private: Royal wedding mementos in short supply


By Anna Gault

Wearing a heart on your sleeve for Zara and Mike

SOUVENIR hunters hoping to snatch up mementos of Zara Phillips’ wedding have to look online as Edinburgh shops fail to meet the Royal demand.

Stores in the Canongate area of the city, where the wedding is to take place, are lacking in the memorabilia department ahead of the royal wedding on Saturday but several online traders have created a selection of mementos.

Zara Phillips MBE, is to marry England rugby star Mike Tindall in a private ceremony to be held in Edinburgh’s iconic Canongate Kirk.

Two separate sellers on eBay are offering bone china thimbles in honour of the day.

The Thimble Guild is selling

“Edinburgh Wedding Thimble’ for 9.95, which features a water colour image of the couple with an inscription on the back.

The sales description reads:

“The guild’s own artist Julie Menzies has been busy with her paintbrushes to bring you this exclusive wedding design on fine bone china. “

Cottage Thimbles are offering a cheaper option with a 2 thimble with a photograph of Canongate Kirk on the front and the date of the wedding on the back.

Mug designer Emma Bridgewater has created a blue and white mug with couple’s names and wedding dates along with a horse and rugby balls to represent their respective sporting accomplishments.

Advertising agency, Albion London have put together a range of products initially tied to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.

They include T-shirts, caps and badges with the phrase

“I’d rather be at Zara and Mike’s’ and an image of a horse kicking a rugby ball with its hind legs.

Albion CEO Jason Goodman said the range was designed to highlight the couple’s down to earth nature.

He said:

“We’re getting masses of interest in them. We’re doing it for charity so it’s quite a lot of fun.

“We’ve got tea towels that say Zara and Mike aren’t afraid to get dirty, a mug that says

“I stole this from Zara and Mike’s

“, they’ve got a sort of attitude. “

Funds from the sales go to Sargent Cancer Care for Children.

The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of a small number of places in the capital to sell wedding memorabilia in their gift shop.

The Queen’s former royal yacht is hosting a party for wedding guests on Friday evening and will be producing specially made fudge gift boxes with gold leaf at their on board fudge shop.

The wedding is expected to draw in crowds of up to 2000 on the Royal Mile this Saturday.

There will be 400 guests inside Canongate Kirk including some who are participating at the Hopetoun International Horse Trials earlier in the day.

Those guests have reportedly been given earlier slots so that they will make it to the church in time.