By Kirsty Topping
CHINA believed to be from the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is for sale on an internet auction site.
Two pieces of Minton china have appeared on the US Ebay site and the seller claims they were smuggled out of Buckingham palace just before the April extravaganza.
While they were not used by the couple, the seller claims the rest of the set was used by the wedding party.
The platter and gravy jug, which have a starting bid of $200 (98) attached, are edged in gold.
Each bears a delicate band of leaves around them as well as a gold crown symbol.
The seller, who claims to be based in Middlesex, joined the site just six days ago and has a feedback rating of zero.
The ad claims the pieces are
“as used in Buckingham Palace by The Queen of Great Britain’ and that the royal family commissioned a new set of tableware for the wedding of the third in line to the throne.
The seller says the pieces come from that set and have never been available for sale to the public.
It does not appear on the Royal Doulton, the company which owns Minton, website.
“Manufactured by Minton of the finest Bone China. Used for and made exclusively for The Royal Family.
“A new set was commissioned for the Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, these items came from that consignment and were smuggled out of the Palace before the Wedding Day, so though New and in mint condition, this is the exact design use at the Palace, and on that day. “
The sale comes just one day before William’s cousin Zara marries long-term love Mike Tindall at Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk.