One"s having a laugh! The 1,000 toast rack and the 800 egg cup on sale at Kensington Palace gift shop


One's having a laugh! The 1,000 toast rack and the 800 egg cup on sale at Kensington Palace gift shop

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12:19 GMT, 28 March 2012

A breakfast set costing more than 3,000 has gone on sale at Kensington Palace.

Visitors to the landmark, which has undergone a 12million transformation, might be taken aback by the high-priced items stocked in the gift shop.

A silver toast rack boasts a price tag of 1,000, while other items on offer include a 800 silver egg cup holder, a silver butter knife for 250, gold plated
salt and pepper shakers for 750 and a napkin ring for 500.

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The breakfast set costing more than 3,000 on display at the gift shop within Kensington Palace

The breakfast set costing more than 3,000 on display at the gift shop within Kensington Palace

A spokesperson from the palace in central London told MailOnline all of the items are bespoke and handmade.

Only two of the solid silver toast racks have been made, the other showcased at the Tower of London on the north bank of the River Thames.

The crown-inspired design features a gold top handle and is studded with small blue, red and green crystals.

A silver toast rack boasts a price tag of 1,000

A silver toast rack boasts a price tag of 1,000

First class dining: The gold plated salt and pepper shakers priced at 750

First class dining: The gold plated salt and pepper shakers priced at 750

Another source told the Sun: 'One thousand pounds is a lot to spend on a toast rack.

'I don't think many of us will be eating
our breakfast off that any time soon.

'But it is a quality product made
in the royal style from solid silver with a gold-plated trim.

'Very similar-looking stainless steel
toast racks are also for sale.

'These are very popular and more
affordable at 40 each.'

The 407-year-old palace, which started life as a country mansion that William III and Queen Mary bought for 20,000 in 1689, opened to public on Monday following a two-year revamp.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge currently live in Nottingham Cottage, which is situated in the north of the palace grounds.

But towards the end of next year they will move into Princess Margaret’s old apartment, which will become their permanent Kensington Palace base.

Fit for a king: Other items on offer include a 800 silver egg cup holder

Fit for a king: Other items on offer include a 800 silver egg cup holder

Kensington Palace started life as a country mansion that William III and Queen Mary bought for 20,000 in 1689

Kensington Palace started life as a country mansion that William III and Queen Mary bought for 20,000 in 1689

Highlights of the new-look Palace include a special exhibition dedicated to Queen Victoria, who was born at the royal residence and lived there until she turned 18.

There will also be a special exhibition of some of Princess Diana's dresses and visitors will be able to uncover royal secrets in the beautiful Queen's State Apartments.

Tickets cost 14.50 for adults, 12 for
concessions and children are allowed to visit free.

All the profits from the
entrance fee and products sold in the gift shop go to Historic Royal Palaces, which is
the charity responsible for the upkeep of the five royal palaces Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

Kensington Palace receives no Government funding and the recent refurbishment has been paid for with
Lottery funding and support from a number of charitable trusts.

It was officially re-opened by the Queen earlier this month to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee this year

Around 380,000 people are expected to visit the palace this year.