Expecting a UK royal wedding? Buy the mugs now

Tue Jun 1, 2010 10:44am EDT
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By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Rumors have abounded for years that Britain's Prince William will get engaged to his long-term girlfriend but one retailer is now so sure an announcement is imminent it has prepared a range of commemorative mugs.

Royal watchers and bookmakers have long predicted that William, the elder son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, will wed Kate Middleton whom he started dating while at university.

But there have been growing rumors of an engagement announcement this month, fueled by a blog written in April by Diana's friend, journalist Tina Brown in which she said the royal family had earmarked June 3 or 4 for the news.

Supermarket chain Asda is so convinced the announcement is coming it has already created a range of specially designed crockery, ready to go on sale as soon as it becomes official.

"Royal crockery is good British tradition and this will be the biggest announcement from the royal family since the engagement of Charles and Di," said David Mills, Asda'a Category Director.

The retailer said it was expecting the same sort of hysteria from the British public that greeted news of Charles's engagement to Diana in 1981.

William began dating Middleton, 28, the daughter of middle-class, self-made entrepreneurs, in 2003 when they shared a house at Scotland's St Andrews University.

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<p>A mug from supermarket chain Asda commemorating the rumored upcoming engagement of Price William and Kate Middleton is seen in a handout photo. REUTERS/Asda/Handout</p>