YOUNGSTERS in Rugby are being encouraged to get into the spirit of the royal wedding.
Prizes are up for grabs for the winners of two competitions which have been launched in the town ahead of April 29 when Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot.
Terracotta is inviting children to create a dress fit for a modern day Princess.
Diane Griffith, owner of Terracotta said: “We have lots of children in the shop with their mums, talking excitedly about the royal wedding and what they think Kate’s dress will look like.
“So I thought giving them the chance to design a dress for a princess would add to their excitement.
“We’re going to display all the designs in Terracotta in the lead up the wedding, then they’ll all be put into a book with messages from the children to the happy couple, and sent to William and Kate as a wedding present from the children of Warwickshire.
“And we’ve got great prizes for the aspiring designers.”
There are two categories - aged four to seven and eight to 11. Entries must be A4 size. Winners in each category will receive a £10 book voucher and a £10 Terracotta voucher for their mum. Two runners-up will each receive a £5 book voucher. Entries should be posted to Terracotta, 1 Chapel Street, Rugby before the closing date of Saturday, April 9.
Clock Towers Shopping Centre is also giving children the chance to create their own wedding portrait.
Tony Spencer, centre manager, said: “By teaming up with our local schools and in partnership with all our members of Clock Towers Kids’ Club, children will be able to submit their very own drawing of the Wills and Kate.
“We hope to be able to display as many of the drawings as possible in the shopping centre during the Easter holidays - and the winning picture will be sent to the royal couple after their wedding day as a gift from everyone at the centre.”
The best picture will win a selection of arts and crafts goodies. Entries will be accepted from all children aged two and 11 years.
The drawings will be separated and judged in age categories: 2-4, 5-8, and 9-11. Each drawing must depict HRH Prince William and his bride-to-be on their wedding day.
More information about the competition is available at www.clocktowersrugby.co.uk.