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William and Kate engagement and wedding dolls

A popular way for toy companies to commemorate a royal or megastar wedding is by making lifelike dolls of the bride and groom. Little girls, and not so little, love to collect these dolls as a permanent reminder of their idols’ wedding day, and these pieces have become very collectable.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the new Duchess of Cambridge, were immortalised in plastic to celebrate their engagement and wedding. We have tracked down some of the most interesting and collectable dolls.

 

 

kate-engagementKate Middleton Royal Engagement Vinyl Doll by Franklin Mint

Kate Middleton is living the dream every little girl holds dear... and every woman remembers with a smile... becoming a Princess. For the first time in over 350 years, a non-royal like one of us is beginning that journey for real. Celebrate this moment in history with the finest dolls in the world. Experience the thrill of her engagement by owning one of the most elegant and regal treasures in the world.

Our Kate Middleton Engagement doll is a beautiful and authentic replica of the future Princess, featuring hand-painted, life-like portrait sculpture, jewelry and a reproduction of the blue silk jersey dress that was worn to formally announce the engagement. The Kate Middleton Royal Engagement Doll also features miniature replicas of the jewelry the soon-to-be princess donned, including the necklace, earrings, and engagement ring, all outfitted with simulated sapphires, diamonds, and other jewels.

The 16-inch “Portrait of a Princess” doll has a soft vinyl body and chestnut brown handmade wig. This limited edition (just 5,000 dolls) collectible Kate Middleton Heirloom doll comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a display stand.

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"The Royal Engagement" Kate Middleton Portrait Doll by Paradise Galleries

Celebrate the happy news from Buckingham Palace with Kate Middleton and the Prince she has loved since the day she met him. The bride-to-be is radiant in her sapphire blue designer dress and Princess Diana's fabled sapphire engagement ring.

Kate is 17 inches from head to her high heels, crafted in Caressalyn Vinyl, and comes complete with a replica engagement ring for you to wear, numbered Certificate of Authenticity, display stand and an exquisite collector's box.

 

Princess Catherine Engagement Doll by Arklu

A host of leading British designers have come together to fly the flag for British fashion with the creation of an exclusive and highly collectible toy, the Princess Catherine Engagement Doll.

Fashioned to resemble Catherine Kate Middleton, right down to the Eaton clutch bag, fascinator and shoes, the Princess Catherine Doll oozes British style. For every Princess Catherine Doll sold, Arklu™ will donate £1 to Help for Heroes. Of course, some might say that the Princess Catherine Doll is a touch eccentric or kitsch, but such quirkiness is also a great British tradition!

kate-engagementWith only 10,000 dolls being produced, the Princess Catherine Engagement Doll is a must-buy for Royal Wedding collectors as well as being a toy doll that can be dressed up to look like a real-life princess.

The Catherine Dress: Pussy Willow is a quintessentially British brand that celebrates the female form with simple and elegant cuts that are sculpted to the body. Based in London, Pussy Willow creates bespoke clothes for everyday, as well as cocktail and bridal gowns, and eveningwear for the red carpet.

The Bucklebury Fascinator: Katherine Elizabeth Millinery is an award-winning, London-based designer. The Bucklebury Fascinator is so named for the Berkshire village and home of Catherine Kate Middleton who is often pictured wearing such stylish headpieces.

Io Ring: Babette Wasserman is an award-winning jewellery designer and was nominated finalist as Brand of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards 2010. The Io Ring is a replica of the original ring with its purple Amethyst central stone set amongst 24 brilliant-cut replica diamante cubic zirconias.

Eaton Clutch Bag: Aspinal of London is the emerging new British luxury goods brand offering a fabulous range of men’s and ladies’ leather bags, accessories and gifts. Catherine Middleton has previously worn the Eaton Clutch bag.

Shoes: Beatrix Ong is an iconic British luxury accessories designer whose signature aesthetic - innovative yet elegant, versatile yet classic and always very wearable - has won her critical acclaim, an A list celebrity following, and an MBE announced in the 2011 New Year's Honours list, in recognition of her services to British Fashion.

Makeup: Louise Constad is an award-winning make-up artist who has worked with top international photographers and directors. She is the make-up artist of choice for many of the world’s most beautiful women and high-profile celebrities.

Harris Tweed Authority: The inner print on the box is of Harris Tweed, a luxury Scottish cloth that has long been loved by royalty. Harris Tweed is made using pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides before being hand-woven by the islanders of Lewis and Harris. The Harris Tweed Authority is custodian of the Orb trademark.

 

kate-franklin-mintKate Middleton Royal Wedding Vinyl Doll by Franklin Mint

Regal Splendor... Amazing Grace... Classic Beauty... and a new Princess has been born. On April 29, 2011, as Kate Middleton became Her Royal Highness, the world watched in amazement with the graceful elegance she displayed during that memorable ride to Westminster Abbey and walk down the aisle to marry her Prince.

The Franklin Mint has now captured that magically majestic moment forever with The Kate Middleton Royal Bridal Doll. Nothing has been overlooked. From the sparkling Scroll Tiara loaned to her by the Queen, first presented to the Queen Mother by George the VI in 1936 to the delicately hand-applied floral laces on her bodice to the amazing satin train, every element defining those precious moments in time can now be yours. She even wears both rings; the sapphire engagement in the hand holding her lovely bouquet and her new wedding band, securely fit on her left. Approximately 16.5" in height.

 

william-and-katePrince William and Catherine Middleton wedding dolls by Arklu

A host of renowned British fashion and design leaders have come together to exclusively dress and accessorise the Arklu™ Princess Catherine Wedding Doll and the Arklu Prince William Wedding Doll. Each collector's edition of the Princess Catherine Wedding Doll and Prince William Doll is individually numbered to reflect the limited production of 10,000.

The instantly recognisable and, some might say, delightfully kitsch wedding dolls pay homage to the stunning best-of-British outfits that so impressed the world when HRH Prince William of Wales married Catherine Kate Middleton.

For every unit sold, Arklu will donate £1 to the RNLI, to reflect the fact that the Royal Couple’s first joint official public engagement was the launch of a lifeboat at the RNLI base at Trearddur Bay, in Anglesey, North Wales. Interestingly, you can buy the Kate doll on her own, but Prince William has to be bought as a pair with his wife... 

Princess Catherine Wedding Doll: British tradition meets cutting-edge modernity

Every item of clothing and accessory for the Arklu™ Princess Catherine Wedding Doll has been individually designed to showcase the very best of British style, combining tradition with sophisticated modernity.

The wedding dress: The Arklu™ Princess Catherine Wedding Doll dress design is inspired by, and pays homage to, the original wedding dress. This is a dress that “epitomises timeless British craftsmanship, combining tradition and modernity with a distinctive, contemporary and feminine character”.

kate-dollEarrings: The Princess Catherine Doll wears stunning ear-rings in the style of those created for Catherine Middleton’s wedding day by leading boutique jeweller Robinson Pelham.

Tiara: Just as eye-catching as the original, the tiara has been designed by Dower & Hall, the creators of exceptional British designer jewellery.

Engagement ring: The Princess Catherine Wedding Doll's ring is inspired by Kate Middleton's engagement ring, which was originally Princess Diana's. The doll's Io Ring boasts a replica purple Amethyst central stone set amongst 24 brilliant-cut replica diamante cubic zirconias. It has been created by award-winning British jewellery designer Babette Wasserman.

Wedding ring: A kilogram of pure Clogau Welsh gold was donated to The Royal Family in 1923 and has since been used to create generations of Royal Family wedding rings, including those of The Queen, The Queen Mother and Princess Diana. The marriage between Prince William and Catherine ensured the 88-year continuation of this tradition by choosing a pure Welsh gold wedding band.The doll’s gold-coloured wedding band evokes this tradition.

Bridal bouquet: Judith Blacklock has created a bridal bouquet for the Princess Catherine Wedding Doll. The bouquet offers another British touch as it is evocative of the delicate and understated shield-shaped wired bouquet of seasonal British flowers, especially lily-of-the-valley, carried by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Judith is one of the most highly regarded figures in the world of flowers and floristry and was Fox TV’s Royal Wedding ‘Flower Pundit’. As well as running her famous Flower School, Judith has arranged flowers for celebrities, Prime Ministers and Royalty.

kate-dressSomething Blue knickers: The award-winning Gilda & Pearl creates vintage-inspired lingerie to love. The Something Blue knickers are a sweet and lovely child-like version and feature the acclaimed British designer's signature ribbons and attention to detail.

Shoes: Luxury British shoe designer Aruna Seth has created the perfect shoes with replica crystal-embellished heels. From red carpet royalty; the likes of Sophia Bush, Paris Hilton and Giuliana Rancic to such real life members of Britain’s royal family as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, luminaries have always looked like living dolls whenever they step into the spotlight in Aruna Seth shoes. Now the high-profile footwear designer’s high heels add star style to Arklu's Princess Catherine Wedding Doll.

Hair: HRH Catherine’s bridal hair is inspired by the Demi-Chignon hairstyle created by the Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa salon team: "an up-do style, which combines a classic bridal look with a regal, couture finish".

Make-up: Louise Constad is the make-up artist of choice for many of the world's most beautiful women and high-profile celebrities, so who better to add the finishing touches to the beautiful Princess Catherine Wedding Doll?

Inner Box Packaging Print: In recognition of the truly British wedding of HRH Prince William to Catherine Middleton, the inner print on the Princess Catherine Wedding Doll box is of Crowns and Coronets Print, by Graham & Brown, an innovative global wall coverings company with a strong British heritage. 

Prince William Wedding Doll: Traditional dress with a twist of contemporary styling

Uniform: In the style of the specially commissioned scarlet Irish Guards colonel's uniform created for HRH Prince William of Wales by military tailors Kashket & Partners. The Irish Guards suit reflects the fact that Prince William was recently made a Colonel of the Regiment of the Irish Guards. Her Majesty The Queen is the Colonel in Chief. The Kashket Group is a tailoring company with history dating back to 1655 on London's The Strand, supplying uniforms to Admiral Nelson and both of the armies at the Battle of Gettysburg. The attention to detail even extends to the replica Garter sash and star, Royal Air Force wings and Golden Jubilee medal. The Doll wears a replica Forage Cap, evocative of that created by Patey Hats for HRH Prince William.

Socks: Modern Savile Row tailor Richard James is known for the clean, slim cut of its tailoring and its bold use of colour. The winner of the Bespoke Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards, Richard James's contemporary take on classic British style and attention to detail and quality has earned it a large and loyal global following. The black socks with shocking pink stripes are a very English, humourously eccentric and dandy-ish touch and they add a surprising splash of colour to an otherwise formal look.

Shoes: Jeffery-West are award-winning designers of infamous British shoes. Combining the best of British craftsmanship, quality, and pedigree with innovation and imagination, Jeffery-West shoes have a distinctive, unique style with a renowned red lining. In keeping with recent press reports that Prince William marks the soles of his shoes with his initial to avoid mixing them up with those of Prince Harry, a W is stamped into the sole of each Prince William Doll shoe.

Knit your own royal wedding

And if you prefer to make your own royal souvenirs, then consider this unusual knitting project and “knit your own royal wedding” (from the book 'Knit Your own Royal Wedding’ by Fiona Goble).

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