Royal wedding tea towels to commemorate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding have been banned by Buckingham Palace, breaking with a longstanding British tradition of drying your dishes on the faces of the royal family.

A Palace spokesperson said that the tea towels would not be “in good taste”.

Not like the biscuit tins, plates and coffee mugs that have been approved then…

The Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, the senior official in the Royal household, has apparently issued a formal memorandum stating which items would be considered appropriate and tea towels failed to make the cut.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “We want items that are permanent and significant.”

But don’t worry, if you can’t live without your royal wedding tea towel, there are sure to be plenty of unofficial versions for sale on your local market.