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The Latest William and Kate Wedding Merchandise: Royal Condoms
by Lauren Drell
AOL Small Business
February 1, 2011

The looming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton have spawned a cottage industry of
commemorative merchandise — everything from tea towels to china sets. But in what may be a royal first, a British company aptly named Crown Jewels has released a three-pack of “condoms of distinction” to honor the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011.

“Combining the strength of a Prince with the yielding sensitivity of a Princess-to-be, Crown Jewels condoms promise a royal union of pleasure,” the company website says of its “heritage love sheaths,” which retail for £5 ($8 USD). However, the site notes that the condoms — which come in a souvenir box and include a collectible photo of William and Kate — are a “novelty” and not suitable for contraception or protection against STDs.

“Our prophylactics are designed as an heirloom product,” spokesman Hugh Pomfret told metro.co.uk. “We would encourage people to keep hold of them as a memento of a special national occasion.” Crown Jewels’ site also notes that the condoms are not approved by the royal family.

So far, consumers do not seem to mind — more than 1,000 units were purchased in the 24 hours after the condoms went live on the website.

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