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Potters hand-paint china for UK royal wedding

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Thursday, March 24, 2011; 12:20 PM

LONDON -- British potters have their hands full making hand-gilded official china for Prince William's April 29 wedding to Kate Middleton.

The first ever Loving Cup commemorating the royal nuptials was made Wednesday at a factory in Staffordshire, England.

William and his bride-to-be approved the design of the fine bone china two-handled cup bearing the couple's entwined initials in gold and silver.

It also features William's coronet and the date of the wedding against a pale gray striped background with a pattern of doves, white ribbons and hearts.

Only 1,000 tankards will be made and sold to the public for 125 pounds ($200).

Each is decorated with several layers of burnished gold and platinum before a final layer of gilding is applied by hand in 22-carat gold.

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