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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 52, December 25, 2010, Article 20

ROYAL ENGAGEMENT COIN RAISES EYEBROWS

An E-Sylum reader forwarded this article from the Reuters news service, adding:

Even a half blind idiot like me can see this image doesn't look like the future Queen. I'm amazed they're releasing this coin.

William and Kate Engagement ODD-US-BRITAIN-ROYALS-COIN

The design for an official commemorative coin to mark the engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton was unveiled on Thursday, but not everyone might recognize the bride-to-be.

The depiction, based on photographs of the couple at a sporting event, bears some resemblance to William but less so his fiancee.

Royal watchers said she appears much fuller in the face on the coin than she is in real life.

"This coin is of historical importance -- to get it so wrong seems ridiculous," Editor-in-Chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, was quoted on the Sky News website as saying.

The design was approved by the 28-year-old couple and by William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

To read the complete article, see: Is that really Kate? UK royal coin raises eyebrows (news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101223/lf_nm_life/us_britain_royals_coin)

Gar Travis also forwarded the story - this one is from National Public Radio. -Editor

The reviews are in about the official commemorative coin for the engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton and they're not kind:

"Apparently inspired by a picture taken at a polo match, Kate looks far chunkier and older nothing like her normal stunning, finely-chiselled appearance. William's image looks more flattering but he has been engraved with what seems to be an Elvis Presley quiff." They are "dodgy depictions." (The Mirror.)

"The badly executed image of the Royal couple, by the Royal Mint's head of design Matthew Bonaccorsi, bears little likeness to either partner. In, perhaps, a clumsy attempt at flattery, Kate's upper lip appears to have been plumped beyond recognition." (The Daily Mail.)

To read the complete article, see: Oh Dear! 'Dodgy Depictions' Of Prince William And Kate On Official Coin (www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/23/132279412/
oh-dear-dodgy-depictions-of-prince-william-and-kate-on-official-coin)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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