On today’s date in 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wed Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London, England.
On the royal couple’s wedding day, before they exchanged their vows at Westminster Abbey “in regal pomp and enchanting splendour,” Canada Post issued two commemorative stamps. One was released at what was then the domestic rate and the other at the international rate.
The domestic-rate Permanent stamp (Scott #2464) bears a picture taken when the couple announced their engagement in November 2010. The international-rate stamp (SC #2465) features the official engagement picture taken by Mario Testino, a prominent fashion photographer. In the latter picture, against Middleton’s white dress, is the sapphire and diamond engagement ring first worn 30 years prior by Lady Diana Spencer, who became Princess of Wales, Prince William’s mother.
Isabelle Toussaint, the Montreal-based graphic artist who designed the stamps, 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 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Canada Post announced the addition of these stamps to its 2011 stamp line-up in February of that year and expedited the typical stamp approval, selection and production processes to ensure Canadians would have a memento of the occasion on the day of the wedding.
2011 ROYAL TOUR
As the Royal couple sets off on its first official cross-country tour of Canada, the third and final stamp of the Royal Wedding series was issued by Canada Post.
This domestic-rate Permanent stamp (SC #2477a) features a candid photograph of the newlyweds in the 1902 State Landau during the procession. Like the first two in this set, the souvenir sheet and official first-day cover also show photographs of the famous Benedictine abbey’s ecclesiastical architecture.