While your chances of having tea with the Queen may be slim, royal watchers rushed at the opportunity to get close to one of her great-granddaughters, Princess Charlotte. The result? Record-breaking sales totalling more than a million dollars!
Last year, more people than ever snapped up a host of mugs and chinaware created to celebrate the birth of the little princess, with online sales for official souvenirs reaching a record £1 million (more than $1.5 million).
The range of commemorative china created by Royal Collection Enterprises to mark the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby daughter on May 2 proved a huge hit, with mugs, pill boxes, tankards and plates snapped up by royalists and collectors alike.
According to the Royal CollectionTrust, the tiny tot played a big role in the “significant” increase in sales of royal memorabilia. Yearly figures show the total tally was up 11 per cent to £16.4 million (almost $27 million), while online sales doubled.
Charlotte’s birth was not the only royal celebration that served to make 2015 a bumper year. The Queen become the U.K.’s longest-serving monarch, an achievement marked with a range that included a souvenir album and chinaware. The Royal Collection Trust added that sales of china commemorating both events had “helped” its performance.