Prototypes of a souvenir mug, featuring the profiles of Prince William and Kate Middleton intertwined in a heart created from flowers, songbirds and honey bees, are being recalled for failing to be sufficiently naff or chintzy.
‘We have a long traditional of godawful Royal souvenirs going back many decades’ said Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. ‘And yes this mug is tacky and utterly cheesey, but not quite so much that a student would buy it ironically, or that teenagers would giggle if their grandmother had one on the sideboard.’
The mug is being redesigned to include cherubs, bunnies and a love poem copied from a Hallmark greeting card and will be factory printed so that the blue dots in Kate Middleton’s eyes don’t quite line up with her eye sockets. ‘This April the eyes of the world will be on Britain.’ said Hunt. ‘We want to show them the very kitschest crap that this country can import from Chinese sweatshops.’