Mattel have announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been turned into Barbie Dolls. The largest toy company in the world have chosen to remember the couple as they were dressed on their wedding day.
Founded in 1945, Mattel have assets amassing well over $5 billion, with an income of well over $680 million. They are the manufacturers of the famous Barbie doll which was first launched back in 1959, and have been popular through many decades. Ruth Handler has been acknowledged as the creator of the doll.
Complete wedding outfits
While the actual Barbie doll has come though many decades and many careers, this is the first time a royal couple have been celebrated in such a way. But they are not alone, as Mattel have also produced dolls of other well known people. These include the author JK Rowling who is famous for her Harry Potter books, tennis champion Kim Clijsters and actor Grace Kelly.
The dolls will be launched in time for their one-year anniversary this April, and the plastic dolls will be available for £99.99.
Each of the plastic dolls will measure a height of 11.5 inches, and they will come dressed in their complete wedding outfits. These will be replicas of the original wedding costumes that were worn by the pair at Westminster Abbey for the wedding on April 29th last year.
The doll of Catherine Middleton will be wearing a floor-length ivory gown, complete with lace torso and full skirt. This is a miniature of the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen royal wedding dress, and the doll will be holding a posy of seasonal flowers in one of her hands.
Hamleys and Arklu
Just like her outfit on the actual wedding day, the doll will also be complete with a delicate ivory veil, sparking tiara and drop earrings to match.
Prince William has been dressed in his specially commissioned scarlet Irish Guards colonel’s uniform, which is topped with a blue Order of the Garter sash stitched with RAF wings.
This is not the first time the couple have found themselves immortalised in such a way. Last August Hamleys unveiled the Wedding dolls of the couple, these were made by the British toy company Arklu. This version of the couple also cost £100, but £1 from every sale was taken to be donated to the Royal Lifeboat Institution. Proceeds up till now have helped raise more than £16,000.