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Video: Belleek weaves its magic with royal wedding souvenir to benefit charity

By Adrian Rutherford

This is the royal wedding souvenir produced by Belleek Pottery that will help raise funds for charity.

The limited edition Royal Wedding Celebration Basket, priced at £200, marks the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.

The couple have asked anyone celebrating the occasion to consider making a donation to one of their chosen charities.

Belleek is aiming to donate £4,000 to the Children's HIV Association (CHIVA) through the sale of the souvenir.

The charity, one of those chosen by Prince Harry and Ms Markle, supports children growing up with HIV and their families across the UK and Ireland.

Belleek designer Clare Conway explained: "The heart shape has been used to represent romantic love since the 15th century and is a timeless symbol.

"It has been used to symbolise the adoration between Prince Harry and Meghan.

"This hand-woven basket features a ribbon detail at the top which signifies the marital saying 'tying the knot'. The basket is adorned with roses, the national flower of both England and the United States of America.

"These roses have been decorated in red, white and blue and symbolise the union between the couple as well as their nationalities.

"Lily of the Valley is associated with the month of May and represents romance as well as happiness, humility and sweetness; qualities which are also reflected in Harry and Meghan's warm characters.

"The peony is widely rumoured to be Meghan's favourite flower, there is an iconic hand-crafted Belleek Shamrock to wish the happy couple a lucky start to their marriage and a joy-filled future together."

A limited edition of 200 Royal Wedding Celebration Baskets will be handcrafted at Belleek Pottery and 10% of every sale will go directly to CHIVA.

Belleek Group managing director John Maguire said: "'We are very happy for Prince Harry and Meghan and are delighted to launch this very special basket which has been inspired by their union."

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