Royal Wedding Expert Says Symbolism of Silver Makes it Ideal for Wedding Gifts, Will and Kate Memorabilia

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The custom of giving silver, a symbol of strength and purity, to commemorate a wedding has endured for centuries, says Royal memorabilia expert Stephen Church. Befittingly, time-honored English silversmith Roberts & Doré has created a range of silver commemoratives for the April 29, 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

This Roberts & Doré wine bottle coaster, crafted to commemorate the upcoming Royal Wedding, is available in in hallmarked sterling silver or silver plate.

This Roberts & Doré wine bottle coaster, crafted to commemorate the upcoming Royal Wedding, is available in in hallmarked sterling silver or silver plate.

The company has a century-long tradition of high quality, and their fine silver has an enduring nature that makes any Roberts & Doré piece an excellent addition to a Royal Memorabilia collection.

Keepsake and Royal commemoratives expert Stephen Church says giving silver items as wedding gifts has remained popular for centuries thanks to its symbolic meaning. Church, fifth-generation managing director of Church's China, notes, "Silver, which represents strength and purity, signifies the gift-giver's hope that the newly-married couple will enjoy a strong and lifelong commitment to one another."

Befittingly, renowned silversmith company Roberts & Doré has created a range of sterling silver and silver plate items to commemorate the April 29, 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The Roberts & Doré Royal Wedding range is available at http://www.theukgiftcompany.com, the online sales division of the 152-year-old Church's China, the longest-operating retailer of Royal Commemorative Gifts in the U.K.

The fourteen items range from a hallmarked sterling silver wine coaster to a commemorative teaspoon available in sterling silver or silver plate. Each is engraved with Prince William's Royal Coat of Arms, presented to him on his 18th birthday. The coat of arms is derived from the Queen of England's own coat of arms and includes elements of the coat of arms used by the Prince's mother, the late Lady Diana.

The date of the wedding is engraved below the Royal Coat of Arms, and both are encircled by the words, "To Commemorate the Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton." A certificate of authenticity is included with each item.

"Roberts & Doré exclusive commemorative pieces make fine heirlooms and keepsakes," says Church. "The company has a century-long tradition of high quality, and their fine silver has an enduring nature that makes any Roberts & Doré piece an excellent addition to a Royal Memorabilia collection."

The full line of commemorative items, including pricing, is as follows:
        an Elizabethan-style dish, $52.93
        a wine bottle coaster in hallmarked sterling silver or silver plate, $47.64
        a commemorative teaspoon available in sterling silver or silver plate, $26.43
        a silver plated oval paperweight, $34.38
        a silver plated oval trinket box, $52.93
        a silver plated pill box, $39.69
        a silver plated bookmark, $26.43
        a circular key fob, 34.38
        a silver plated note pad holder, $39.69
        a silver plated business/credit card case, $26.43
        a silver plated wine/champagne stopper, $34.38

Roberts & Doré was founded by Londoner Thomas Roberts after he went in search of high-quality silverware to purchase for himself. Dissatisfied with what he found, Roberts decided he would establish himself as a silversmith and make his own silver items. He hired some of the best craftsmen in England, and the business grew to be a success. Today, the Roberts & Doré maker's mark is one of the U.K.'s most respected. Over its 103-year history, the company has received special commissions from international royalty and governments. It was also once called upon to create a special trophy for the U.S.'s Kennedy family.

The business was an immediate success. His renowned refusal to compromise on quality and design soon saw his craftsmen supplying the top London stores and his pieces were exported throughout the world, including special commissions for international royalty, and many governments. He was also responsible for producing a special trophy for the American Kennedy dynasty. Roberts & Doré continued to flourish through three generations of the Roberts family and two World Wars, when its expertise was harnessed in supplying cutlery and food containers to the troops.

Established in 1858, Church's China sells a wide range of china and other collectibles. Specializing in royal commemorative memorabilia, the company has locations in Northampton and Market Harborough, England as well as an online division, The U.K. Gift Company. The UK Gift Company was recently nominated as one of five finalists in the "Best Online Retailer" category of the 2011 Great Awards, which celebrate the best in gift retailing in the U.K.

Media Note: If you would like to arrange for a telephone interview with Stephen Church, please contact Nancy Marshall at nmarshall@marshallpr.com or Jennifer Boes at jboes@marshallpr.com. If you are interested, please follow up with Nancy or Jen at the emails above.

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