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Royal Wedding Stamps Split William and Kate

William and Kate Royal Wedding Stamps

William and Kate Royal Wedding Stamps

Breaking News English, 13th April, 2011

The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has raised eyebrows by issuing royal wedding stamps that split Prince William and his bride-to-be Catherine Middleton. Niue’s government has defended the design of the stamps, which were approved by Prince William’s grandmother – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Some royalists are unhappy that William and Kate are separated on the stamps by a perforated line, which means they can be torn apart. Others call the decision to put William on the $NZ5.80 stamp while his fiancée is on the cheaper $NZ2.40 denomination is sexist. Niue leader Toke Talagi said: “People indicated the stamps, made by New Zealand Post, meant the couple will separate in future. I don’t know why they would interpret it that way.”

Mr Talagi said the stamps had become very popular around the world and were becoming a collector’s item. He was excited about the prospect of them leading to a tourism boom for his country, which has a population of just 1,400. He told the AFP news agency: “I suspect in future a lot of people will come here to see where the stamps are from.” New Zealand Post designed the stamps and said on its website that they “capture the royal couple as we so often see them – graceful, composed and very much in love”. Philatelist George Saunders reckoned few people would actually tear the stamps apart. “The happy couple just look too good together,” he said. The royal wedding takes place in London’s Westminster Abbey on 29 April. It will be televised to a global audience of over two billion.

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