Emma Beardmore designed the new Prince George Christening collection for Royal Crown Derby, she explained to our reporter Peter Bearne how she reached the final products.
A collection of fine bone china produced to mark the christening of Prince George next Wednesday has been manufactured in Derby. It is hoped that the new pieces will boost sales at the ceramic firm.
A collection of Royal Crown Derby commemorative products, released to celebrate the christening of Prince George next week, includes many limited edition items.
The range, with some pieces produced just 500 times, includes a fluted dessert plate, loving cups, a five-petal tray, a christening mug, a jack-in-a-box, a steam engine, a sailing boat and a carousel money box.
A collection of commemorative pieces produced by Royal Crown Derby to mark the christening of Prince George at St James’s Palace next Wednesday went on sale today.
The special collection is available through the fine bone china manufacturer's website and prices range from the cheapest item at £65, up to the most expensive item priced at £145.
Porcelain manufacturer Royal Crown Derby is due to present a piece from their Royal Baby range to the baby that was born the closest to the Prince George.
Baby Pippa, born half an hour before the Royal baby at the Royal Derby Hospital, is to be given an inscribed rocking horse.
Since the birth of the future King, 320 pieces of commemorative memorabilia have been booked into the warehouse at the factory, and a 4,760 more are in decorating.
Royal Crown Derby, in Derbyshire, is today unveiling the first phase of a £50,000 investment in its visitor centre, with the launch of a new exhibition.
Entitled, 'The Finest of Dining – from 1750 to 2013 and beyond', the exhibitions will feature some of the world's most exclusive ranges of fine bone china created for royalty.
Royal Crown Derby - one of the world's best-known makers of fine bone china - has been sold to a ceramics company from Stoke. The takeover by Steelite International is likely to secure the future of a brand which dates back to the mid-eighteenth century.
It comes after a lean period for the Derby firm in which many of the 200 staff have had to work a four-day week. The new owners say they have no plans to make any job cuts. Peter Bearne reports
Steelite International, the new owners of Royal Crown Derby, believes that there is a niche market for fine china in the hospitality industry.
The manufacturer based Stoke is hoping to expand the luxurious British brand. Kevin Oakes, the Chief Executive of Steelite International says that the brand is likely to be in places such as palaces and the 'finest' hotel tables as well as on yachts and cruise ships.
Workers at Royal Crown Derby found out this morning that the company will be taken over.
Some workers are nervous about Steelite taking over and fear that jobs may be under threat, while others feel the change needed to happen and will be a positive move for the iconic British brand.
Royal Crown Derby has been independently run for 206 years, specialising in the hospitality industry. New owners Steelite say that while they want to grow the business they can't guarantee it will prevent job losses.