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Australia unveils royal wedding stamp

Last Updated: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 13:47

Sydney: Australia on Monday launched a
special stamp to commemorate Britain`s pending royal nuptials,
with a local and international issue featuring Prince William
and his bride Kate Middleton.

Australia Post said it was "delighted" to celebrate
the April 29 wedding with a special edition stamp showing a
portrait of the couple after their engagement was announced.

"We trust this special stamp issue provides collectors
and the public with a memento to mark this happy and historic
event," said Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour.

Formerly a British colony where Queen Elizabeth II is
still head of state, Australia has already issued a special 50
cent coin to commemorate the royal wedding, designed by the
Queen`s own goldsmith and jeweller.

Collectors can also buy an official Royal Wedding coin
with the couple`s engagement photo in colour against a
detailed sketch of Westminster Abbey, where they will wed.

The royal wedding will be keenly watched in Australia,
where Prince William charmed thousands with a recent tour to
flood-affected zones but which also harbours a keen republican
sentiment.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 13:47

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