IT'S just days until the Royal Mile hosts the second royal wedding of the year - but devotees hoping to get a memento of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips' special day will be hard-pushed to find their dream souvenir in the shadow of Canongate Kirk.
With a dearth of Mike and Zara souvenirs on offer in the shops of Canongate ahead of their wedding on Saturday, dedicated souvenir-hunters will have to look online, where traders have conjured up a small and curious selection of wedding mementoes.
On eBay, thimbles are the order of the day, with two separate sellers offering specially-designed bone china pieces. The Thimble Guild is offering an "Edinburgh Wedding Thimble" for 9.95, featuring a water- colour image of the couple with an inscription on the back.
The sales material explains: "The guild's own artist Julie Menzies has been busy with her paintbrushes to bring you this exclusive wedding design on fine bone china."
Those with shallower pockets could secure a 2 thimble with a photograph of the kirk on the front and a dated inscription on the back, produced by Cottage Thimbles.
Mug designer Emma Bridgewater is also marking the occasion with a blue-and-white mug featuring the couple's names and the wedding date along with a horse and rugby balls, representing their sporting achievements.
Those seeking more tongue-in-cheek souvenirs will find the horse and rugby ball motif also appearing on a range of products produced by advertising agency Albion London.
Initially created to tie in with the wedding of William and Kate, the range includes a T-shirt, bag, cap and badge with the phrase "I'd rather be at Zara & Mike's" and a logo of a horse kicking a rugby ball with its hind leg.
Proceeds from the sales go to Sargent Cancer Care for Children.
Albion CEO Jason Goodman said the range had been designed to highlight the couple's down-to-earth nature: "We're getting masses of interest in them. We're doing it for charity so it's quite a lot of fun.
"We've got tea towels that say Zara and Mike aren't afraid to get dirty, a mug that says 'I stole this from Zara and Mike's', they've got a sort of attitude."
One of the few spots in Edinburgh to sell souvenirs will be the gift shop at the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is hosting a party for wedding guests on Friday evening.
The Queen's former royal yacht now has an on-board fudge shop, which will be producing specially-made fudge gift boxes with gold leaf to celebrate the event.
Up to 2000 members of the public are expected to turn out on the Royal Mile to cheer on the couple on Saturday. Inside there will be around 400 guests including some who are participating at the Hopetoun International Horse Trials earlier in the day. Wedding guests competing in the event have reportedly been given early slots to make sure they get to the church on time.