Wedding bells will soon ring out for His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton as they exchange their vows at Westminster Abbey in regal pomp and enchanting splendour. Along with the rest of the world, Canada offers its best wishes to the newlyweds on an auspicious beginning to a long, peaceful and happy life together.
To mark this momentous occasion, Canada Post issued two commemorative stamps on the Royal Couple’s wedding day. The PERMANENT™ stamp bears a picture taken when the couple announced their engagement in November 2010. The international stamp features the official engagement picture taken by Mario Testino, one of the world’s most well known fashion photographers. In the latter picture, against Miss Middleton’s white dress, the beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring first worn thirty years ago by Lady Diana Spencer, who became Princess of Wales, Prince William’s mother, is highly visible.
Isabelle Toussaint, the Montreal-based graphic artist who designed the stamp products and other collectibles, used photographs of the famous Benedictine abbey’s ecclesiastical architecture for the background in several of the stamp products. The abbey has been the coronation church since the year 1066 and the setting of several royal marriages over the last century, including that of Prince Williams’ grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1947 to then Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Title: Royal Wedding 2011 – Canada
Date of Issue: 29 April 2011
Denominations: permanent, $1.75