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Kate's parents launch royal quiz

The mail order company run by the parents of royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton has launched a set of "Britannia" trivia scratch cards featuring references to the monarchy.

Quiz buffs can guess the answers to three questions themed around the Royal Family, celebrities and British history and then scratch away a crown to reveal the answer.

The rest of the range from the firm Party Pieces includes everything needed to organise a royal wedding street party, from Union flag bunting to plates, napkins and doilies.

The move will leave Michael and Carole Middleton open to accusations that they are taking advantage of their daughter's wedding to Prince William, planned for next month.

The Britannia Scratch Trivia cards are sold in packs of 10 and priced at £3.99.

The company states on its website: "Scratch away one crown to reveal the correct answer and impress your guests with your British knowledge."

If the three questions are answered correctly the card states "You're the Queen of England," one wrong and "You're close to the throne," two wrong says "The Queen's corgi" and all wrong: "To the Tower. Off with your head".

Miss Middleton's parents founded their mail order business, which sells children's party paraphernalia ranging from balloons to fancy dress costumes, in 1987.

Such was the success of the internet company that it made the couple millionaires.

Miss Middleton used to work for the firm but left the business over the recent festive period in preparation for her life in the Royal Family.

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