Tea towels get UK royal wedding seal of approval

LONDON Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:43am EST

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Champagne glasses toasting Britain's upcoming royal wedding can now be washed up with an official tea towel after Buckingham Palace granted approval for a souvenir cloth, the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Tankards, plates, spoons and mugs were among the items approved by the royal household to mark the nuptials between Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton on April 29.

Tea towels were left off the original approval list of commemorative items as officials deemed them too "disposable," the paper said.

The official tea towel will be plain white, made from linen and feature the couple's initials entwined on a background of the prince's coronet, according to the Telegraph newspaper.

As a gesture of goodwill amid deep public spending cuts, the royal household has also decided not to pass on a rise in Britain's VAT sales tax to 20 percent from 17.5 percent, London's Evening Standard newspaper reported.

British retailers are counting on the wedding to boost sales as austerity measures bite. Retail researchers Verdict have said the royal wedding could give a 620 million pound ($985 million) boost to the British economy.

(Writing by Caroline Copley; Editing by Paul Casciato)

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