William & Kate marriage boosts sales on eBay

Royal Wedding Crowd
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People across the UK and around the world are sitting down to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton who will hence forth be known as their Royal Highnesses Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the highest rank in British Peerage.

William also became the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, which means Kate will become the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

eBay has been a bellwether of the interest in the Royal marriage with sales on eBay UK in the ‘Royal’ category up 132% year on year and sales of items relating to the future king, Prince William up a staggering 12,491% year on year.

Street parties will be taking place across the country with over 5000 road closures so it’s no surprise to hear sales of bunting on eBay having risen 168% and flag sales are up 32% with eBay UK is currently selling a Union Jack item every two minutes.

The romantic engagement has also sparked wedding fever across Europe – a wedding dress has sold every minute on eBay since January.

eBay spokesperson Ruth Szyszkowski said “The Royal Wedding has been a great boost for the retail sector, and we’re sure the Prime Minister will be pleased to see that Brits are stocking up on bunting, flags, and all things British to make today a real day of celebration for all to remember for a long time to come.”

We wish the Royal Couple a long and happy marriage.