A limited edition Kate Middleton doll is being produced by The Franklin Mint, offering Royal Watchers the chance to add to their growing collection of Royal wedding merchandise. The figurine, which retails for $195, will no doubt be snatched up by those eager to own a piece of Royals history as Middleton's wedding to Prince William fast approaches.
According to People Magazine, the 16-inch, vinyl Kate Middleton doll is hand painted and comes complete with a display stand and an authenticity certificate, guaranteeing that the doll is one of only 5,000 produced. The Middleton doll is wearing a replica of the blue Issa dress she wore on the day she and Prince William announced their engagement nearly four months ago. The doll is also wearing a replica of the 18-cart sapphire and diamond engagement ring that belonged to Prince William's mother, Princess Diana.
How lifelike is the Kate Middleton doll? Based solely on photos, the "Portrait of a Princess" doll does bear a striking resemblance to the princess-to-be - but this is definitely not a regular Barbie. And it shouldn't be, given the hefty $195 price tag. Moms who want to purchase the doll for their own little princesses would be wise to keep this Middleton doll in a curio, not a toy box.
The Franklin Mint also plans to issue another Kate Middleton doll after the April 29, 2011 Royal wedding. This doll is expected to feature Middleton in full wedding regalia, including her wedding dress and tiara. The estimated price for the doll: $295.
Royal watchers, what say you? Does the Kate Middleton 'Lucky Kate' doll a good likeness? Will you shell out nearly $200 to own one?