“The dragon symbol is both mystical and historical,” explains Stephen Church of Church’s China, the longest operating retailer of Royal commemoratives in the United Kingdom (UK). “It is believed that the Welsh kings adopted it in the early fifth century after successfully driving the romans from Britain.”
Most of us realize that when Kate Middleton weds her Prince (William) on 29 April, 2011, it isn’t the end, or the beginning of a fairy tale. If the pair are very fortunate, it will be the start of an extended partnership lived in the media glare and maintained by both friendship and empathy for each other. Yet, the romance and, for many spectators, the fantasy remains.
So perhaps it is fitting that at least one preternatural creature, the Welsh Dragon, will have a role in the historic ceremony and celebration, not to mention the memorabilia many Royal watchers are collecting to mark it.
On the day itself, the Welsh Dragon will be seen flying proudly on the Welsh national flag. Expect to see plenty of those since William is the Prince of Wales and the couple will be making their home in Wales after the wedding and honeymoon. The red dragon has long been an icon of Wales.
Only 950 spectators and collectors will be able to take the Welsh Dragon home in the form of a limited edition paperweight from Royal Crown Derby. The hand-painted Royal Welsh Dragon paperweight, is red and gold with love hearts entwined with the Celtic pattern on the dragon’s chest and neck. Welsh daffodils and English roses adorn the base. The Royal Crown Derby Royal Welsh Dragon paperweight was created by designer Sally Mancell and retails for $523.38 online.
Royal Crown Derby paperweights are considered to be one of the most important china figure ranges in the world of collecting, so this is an excellent choice for the serious collector,” Church said.