Royal couple with plenty on their plate

THIS official range of royal wedding china to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton goes on sale today.

The three pieces – a tankard, plate and pill box – by the Royal Collection have been approved by the Prince and his fiancee.

Handcrafted in English fine bone china and featuring 22-carat gold, each item has been decorated with the couple's entwined initials. The Prince's coronet appears above the letters – W in gold and C in silver– and written in a circle are the words: "To celebrate the marriage of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton 29th April 2011".

Inside the are rows of tiny hearts and two silver doves holding a gold wedding ring.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Collection said: "The Royal Collection has been working on the design since around the time of the engagement."

The tankard costs 35, the eight-inch plate 40 and pill box 25.

All profits from the sale of the royal wedding range are dedicated to the Royal Collection Trust.