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That was fast: Princess Charlotte souvenirs are already on sale in Britain

The mugs show a portrait of the baby’s parents Prince William and his wife Kate surrounded by cherubs.

Royal baby A commemorative mug celebrating the birth of Princess Charlotte being made at the Prince William Pottery Company in Liverpool. Source: Peter Byrne

WELL, THAT DIDN’T take long. The first souvenirs commemorating the birth of Princess Charlotte are rolling off the production lines on, in a race to fill London tourist shops and meet online orders.

The family-run business “Prince William Pottery” in Liverpool, northwest England, began printing mugs as quick as possible to meet demand, working with existing designs from the birth of her older brother Prince George.

“To commemorate the birth of Princess Charlotte,” the mugs read, showing a portrait of the baby’s parents Prince William and his wife Kate surrounded by cherubs.

Royal baby Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The reverse features a colourful crest and the date of the princess’s birth on Saturday, reading “HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, born 2nd May 2015″.

Another model available from ceramic maker Emma Bridgewater reads “It’s a princess” and “Hooray for Charlotte” on a cream mug surrounded by pink hearts and crowns.

The workshop hopes to produce about 800 pieces a day.

Royal memorabilia is expected to flood shops in mid-May when deliveries arrive from Asia — likely to include baby items, teapots, coins and tokens.

Royal baby The Prince William Pottery Company in Edge Lane Liverpool have produced a commemorative mug after the birth of Princess Charlotte. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Royal baby Princess Charlotte Source: Press Association

The Centre for Retail Research estimates that retail spending due to the birth of the little princess will amount to some €107 million euros in Britain alone.

Queen Elizabeth II met her new great-granddaughter for the first time on Tuesday, visiting the three-day-old and her parents at Kensington Palace.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, who was born on Saturday, was named in tribute to the 89-year-old monarch as well as William’s mother Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.

- AFP 2015

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