Princess Catherine doll: Kate Middleton's stylish mini-me
Published 08/04/2011 | 11:07
Fashionable 'Princess Catherine Engagement Doll' is queen of the London scene as she drops by Boujis and Buckingham Palace.
If you're a girl who still dreams of one day growing up and marrying a prince, this could be the next best thing.
Launching today at toy shop Hamleys , is the limited edition 'Princess Catherine Engagement Doll' by Arklu , fashioned to resemble Kate Middleton, right down to her blow-dry, blue Issa dress and big Hollywood smile.
Seven British fashion and design leaders who together form the rather regal sounding 'Champions of British Style™', have dressed and accessorised the doll, which, to their credit, bears a greater resemblance to Middleton than the Royal Mint's commemorative £5 coin (on which our heroine looks more like Victoria Beckham's sister, Louise Adams).
Couldn't get on the 'Waity Katie' waiting list at Peacocks for their replica of the royal blue Issa dress Middleton wore in her engagement portraits? Dress up you Catherine doll in her 'Pussy Willow Couture' version instead! There's a fuchsia 'Bucklebury Fascinator', named after Middleton's home town, which has been created by Katherine Elizabeth Millinery; an 'Eaton clutch bag' by Aspinal of London, and slingbacks by Beatrix Ong.
But the finishing touch is Babette Wasserman's engagement ring, made from rose gold plated sterling silver, boasting a purple Amethyst central stone set among 24 brilliant-cut diamante cubic zirconias. Bling bling!
In a stroke of marketing genius, 'Princess Catherine Engagement Doll' even has her own Facebook page where fans are invited to photograph Kate at fashionable London locations. Highlights so far include Kate popping by upmarket nightclub Boujis, at the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, hiring a 'Boris Bike' and buying a lottery ticket.
The Princess Catherine Doll comes in at £34.95 - not a bad price considering the 'Champions' involved - with £1 of every sale going to Help for Heroes. But with only 10,000 being produced, Royal Wedding collectors better be quick off the mark if they want to beat all the little girls, and overgrown princesses-in-waiting, no doubt desperate to get their hands on one.