Finally: a legal way to lick the future King and Queen of England without getting thrown in the Tower of London.
The Royal Mail announced Tuesday that there will be an official set of stamps to commemorate the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The snaps were the ones taken by Mario Testino (the late Princess Diana’s favorite photographer) to mark the couple’s engagement and will be available at post office branches from April 21, just eight days before the big event at Westminster Abbey.
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“We are honored to be celebrating this very special and historic occasion,” said the Royal Mail’s Stephen Agar. “We believe that that this set of stamps will be very popular with people both in the U.K. and around the world.” Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?
The Queen, of course, gave the final approval (they don’t call it the Royal Mail for nothing) and what’s on offer is two first class stamps and two £1.10 ($1.75) stamps, which show off the twosome in both formal and informal poses. The formal picture was taken in the Council Chamber of St James’s Palace in London and the informal image shows the couple in the Palace’s Cornwall room. We’re not sure about you, but no informal NewsFeed photo has ever taken place in a Palace but to each their own.
And Prince William must be getting — ahem — a taste for this by now. It’s the third time he’s appeared on a Royal Mail stamp: his debut was for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday in 2000 and, three years later, he became the first person in the royal family to have a set of stamps in honor of his 21st birthday. In other words, he’s got this licked. (via Reuters)
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