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December Nuptials Inspire New Wares

Wednesday 8 March 2006 @ 16:11 - GMT

Goblets similar to those used by Elton and David Furnish at their civil partnership celebrations are to be sold at EdinburghCastle's gift shop after a revamp, the Evening News has announced.

The Crown Jewel Shop is undergoing a makeover, and is reorganising products round a series of collections including themes of kings, queens, princes and princesses. Work is expected to be complete towards the end of the month when the retail facility will re-open as the Crown Gift Shop.

The goblets will form part of the Banqueting Collection, along with a selection of food and drink - much of it from Scotland.

Aundrea Hollington, Historic Scotland's head of retail, said: "After ten years it was time the shop had a more contemporary look. At the same time we wanted to broaden the range of gifts and goods that visitors could buy.

"By having the kings, queens, princes and princesses ranges we can give a fantastic historical twist to high-quality products for men, women and children." The walls are being repainted in cream, a light oak floor is being laid and matching cabinets have been built.

A Tapestries Collection has also been created. This includes works carrying images from the Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries series which is being recreated for the RoyalPalace at StirlingCastle.