+ Issue Date : 21/04/2011
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission : Commemorative
+ Designer : Atelier Works
+ Perforations : 11½ x 14
+ Separations : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type : Gum
+ Shape : Rectangular
+ Orientation : Horizontal
1st Class stamp sold for 46p
Issued in mini-sheet SG MS3180
Michel GB 3095
WADP Numbering System - WNS GB055.11
The stamps feature the official engagement portraits taken by world-renowned photographer Mario Testino on 25th November. The formal image was taken in the Council Chamber of St James’s Palace, while the informal image shows the couple in the Palace’s Cornwall room.
As with all Royal Mail’s commemorative stamps, The Queen has given final approval for their issue, with Prince William also involved in the approval of these stamps.
Stephen Agar from Royal Mail said: “We are honoured to be celebrating this very special and historic occasion. We believe that that this set of stamps will be very popular with people both in the UK and around the world.”
This is the third time Prince William has appeared on a Royal Mail stamp. The Prince featured on a sheet of stamps to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday on 4th August 2000. In 2003, The Prince became the first member of the Royal Family to have a set of stamps produced to celebrate their 21st birthday. The Prince’s wedding stamps will deliver another landmark as Prince William is the first of The Queen’s grandchildren to have their wedding commemorated on a set of stamps.
The stamp sheet consists of two 1st class stamps and two £1.10 stamps, which capture the couple in both formal and informal poses.