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T-shirts bearing the images of Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, have been banned as part of a royal edict that declares what kind of memorabilia is acceptable to celebrate their April 2011 wedding.

This week the Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, senior official of the royal household, issued a formal set of guidelines to purveyors of royal wedding merchandise.

Tea towels (as the Brits call commemorative dish cloths), aprons and t-shirts are among the items on Chamberlain's "out" list, which The Telegraph reports was actually relaxed to allow more souvenir options following review by Prince William.

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While the no tacky T-shirts rule saves the 28-year-old future king and his bride from being emblazoned on the chests of tourists, some of the royal rules on what is permitted to commemorate their coupling are more baffling. Seat cushions? Head scarves? Somehow, both of those passed royal muster.

Mugs, coins, plates, trays and other items deemed "semi-indestructible" were also allowed. (Our favorite souvenir would still be a hard-to-find copy of Middleton's electric blue Issa engagement announcement dress.)

Other edicts: The items must be in "good taste" and not advertise any other products. So that would mean no designer logo on our souvenir Prince William and Kate Middleton head scarf.

The items must only feature "official" photographs approved by the palace, so evidently the couple's official engagement portraitist, fashion photographer Mario Testino, will soon see his work on a semi-indestructible mug bearing Lord Chamberlain's pre-approved phrase: "To commemorate the marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, 29th April 2011."

Want more? Check out the 10 ugliest Prince William and Kate Middleton products for sale.

Meanwhile, read about the sexy item Middleton wore when she met her prince charming that has already become a valuable royal artifact.

And learn more about the history that precedes this royal coupling in our "Great Royal Weddings" series look at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.