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UK visitors offered chance to pick up their own royal wedding dress

Hundreds of thousands of guests are expected to catch a glimpse of the royal wedding dress this summer as it goes on display at Buckingham Palace.

But for many this fleeting glance will not be enough to sate their interest in the most spectacular event of the year.

Luckily, those guests are now being offered a chance to take away a memento of the occasion, with the launch of a new a doll wearing a mini replica of the year’s most famous wedding dress.

Called the Princess Catherine, the doll is produced by Arklu.

Along with another of Prince William, depicted in his wedding outfit, the doll went on display at Hamleys toy store on Regent Street in London earlier.

A host of renowned British designers have come together to work on the dress and accessories.

For example, the tiara worn by the doll, described as “just as eye-catching as the original”, has been designed by Dower & Hall, creators of British designer jewellery.

The doll even features ‘Something Blue’ knickers, designed by the award-winning Gilda & Pearl – creators of “vintage-inspired lingerie to love”.

However, purists are pointing out, because she is not of royal blood, Catherine has become the Duchess of Cambridge - rather than Princess Catherine. 

For every doll sold Arklu will donate £1 to the RNLI to reflect the Royal Couple’s first joint official public engagement at the launch of a lifeboat at the RNLI base at Trearddur Bay.


Also in the UK today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to London.

City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, Paris.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi and Sydney.Mobi.

London.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.

Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.

Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.

City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.