Royal Wedding Condoms are sure to become an classic collectors item for any fan of the British Royal Family or any fan of pop history.
While you probably won't see any featured on Antique Road Show anytime soon, collectors are already scrambling to get their hands on one of the world's craziest pop culture keepsakes: The so-called "Royal Wedding Condoms."
Created to celebrate the wedding between England's Prince William and his princess bride, Kate, these odd novelties instantly created a stir on both sides of the Atlantic, with rumbles of dissension and cheers of support. And it's easy to see why these royal family prophylactic received such a hot-and-cold reaction: They take on both extremes of the modern caste classes. One one hand, the British royal family is the highest of the upper elite class, while illustrated condom packages tend to favor the brash, blue collar humor of the working class.
In many ways, it's as if England's highest family was caught amongst a fraternity prank.
Ironically, these condoms are truly a novelty item, as the company clearly states that these are not effective at preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). So it's not a very good idea to rely on these as a legitimate form of sexual protection - at least not by themselves.
Product Info: Royal Wedding Condoms
These wedding condoms were produced by Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction.
Each package was adorned with an illustrated portrait of Prince William and Kate, the royal bride. The saying, "Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion" was also included on the packaging. So was "Lie back and think of England."
Reaction to the Royal Wedding Condoms
Buckingham Palace declined to comment, so it's hard to say how the Royal Family felt about the products - or if they even cared. But crown comment or not, the British and American media had plenty to say, ranging from support to condemnation (sorry, no pun intended).
For instance, Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, said, "This is completely tasteless and really rather hurtful. Prince William has a great sense of humour but this is a step too far. This is a cheap swipe to make money." (That's according to the Associated Free Press as syndicated by Yahoo! News. Check out the story HERE).
Others though the condoms had a certain pop culture charm to them. Especially collectors, who have bought entire boxes of the special-edition birth control items to adorn their collections of either British Royal Family memorabilia, pop culture oddities or even odd sexual collections.
Good or bad, the famous Royal Wedding Condoms have all the makings of a big-time collectors item.