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article imageWilliam and Kate Royal wedding dolls go on sale

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 18, 2011 in World
Dolls designed to resemble Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding day are now on sale, and are receiving a mixed reaction.
Although some people feel the likenesses are reasonably good, others find the dolls creepy.
The miniature couple, made by Arklu, is priced at £99.95 ($165), while a single Kate doll is £49.95. William cannot be purchased on his own.
"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 on April 29, 2011," states the Arklu website.
"Both dolls celebrate the very best of authentic British fashion and design. And upholding a true British custom, a donation from sales of the toys will go to charity. For every Princess Catherine Wedding Doll or Royal Wedding Dolls set sold, Arklu Ltd will donate £1 to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) 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."
Along with the gown, tiara, bouquet and shoes, the Kate doll includes a replica of her engagement ring and blue knickers.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the figures are the sort of products he would expect to see following a royal wedding.
"They're harmless enough, the likenesses are reasonably good, they seem well made - hence the price - and they will appeal to the north American market in particular," he told the BBC.
"But there is no such person as 'Princess Catherine', just as there never was a 'Princess Diana."
He said that because her family is not royalty she has become Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, although he expects to hear her called Princess Catherine.
The Daily Mail stated that the dolls looked like puppets from the sixties TV show Thunderbirds "with over-sized heads, fixed grins and googly eyes" and that it would be difficult to identify them if not for the familiar wedding outfits.
The Huffington Post reported that the figures were "the creepiest looking Kate and William dolls we've ever seen" and that Kate's face was so wide it appeared it had been flattened with a rolling pin.
The RNLI, which receives £1 for each Kate or wedding couple sold, is a charity which works to save lives at sea.
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