If you were one of the thousands who bought a porcelain plate to commemorate the birth of Prince George in 2013 or Princess Charlotte in 2015, and you are secretly hoping that by the time your own toddlers reach college age these souvenirs will have appreciated enough in value to pay for their educations, we have bad news for you. According the "The Telegraph" of London, such modern-day, mass-produced ceramics are close to worthless, and even similar items from the late-19th century can be had for under $20. Better, if marginally, are souvenir teaspoons and coins, figurines and glassware, pen knives and paperweights. And if you really want to collect a royal relic of lasting if not appreciating value, consider investing in an item with an actual, verifiable, connection to the royal family, such as a signed invitation to tea or a piece of mourning jewelry made with a lock of royal hair.


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