LONDON (Reuters) – A British pottery producing royal wedding cups with the description of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle as "play changers, free spirits, big hearts and well-suited".
Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson and Markle, featured in the US legal drama "Suits", will tie the league on May 19 in Windsor, west of London.
At Emma Bridgewater ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent, Central England, a city famous for its pottery, workers are busy chopping and decorating thousands of cups.
Around 60 workers sit under banners of Union Jack flags hanging from the ceiling and use traditional techniques to decorate the clay molds by hand. Behind them, fresh from the kiln, a sea of red and blue Harry and Meghan mugs fills the shelves under a portrait of Queen Elizabeth.
The brand has been in operation for over 30 years and has been making mementos since it opened in 1985. She produced mugs for Queen Elizabeth's Anniversary and the wedding of Harry's older brother Prince William and his wife Kate, as well as other major appointments on the royal calendar. "Staffordshire has a long tradition of celebrating national events, and what's better than a royal wedding," said Emma Bridgewater, brand founder and cup designer, to Reuters.
"Royal Pottery produced in Staffordshire can be traced back to the time of Charles II, and we are thrilled to celebrate ceramics with Harry and Meghan in 2018," she said.
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