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The Bahamas – Royal Wedding

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Rating: 4.6/5

It was on the 16th November 2010 following a great deal of public speculation that an announcement was made by Clarence House confirming that Prince William, oldest son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales had become engaged to his long time girl friend Miss Catherine Middleton.

William and Catherine were both 28 years old when the announcement was made and met whilst students at the University of St Andrews. Until the announcement, Catherine, a Fine Arts Graduate worked for her parents company whilst in 2010 William graduated as a Helicopter Pilot. As Flight Lieutenant Wales he has joined RAF Search and Rescue which celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2011 and will co-pilot Sea King helicopters as part of a four-man crew based at RAF Valley in Anglesey on the north-west coast of Wales.

As second in line to the British Throne and eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales this wedding has attracted significant interest throughout the world. To add to the Fairy Tale Romance, the engagement took place in the Kenya, where his grandmother was staying on the day that she became Queen whilst William gave Catherine the engagement ring first given by his father to Diana.

The wedding itself was held at Westminster Abbey, site of many well remembered royal events on 29th April 2011 and was watched by an estimated audience of 2 billion people worldwide.

The Bahamas celebrated the Royal Wedding with the British Monarch’s representative His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General and Lady Foulkes along with Prime Minister Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham and Mrs Deloris Ingraham travelling to London to attend the wedding.

The Bahamas has always had a very special place in the hearts of the Royal Family. As King Edward VIII became Royal Governor of The Bahamas and had a residence here after he relinquished the throne to marry the love of his life in December of 1936. Over the years members of the royal family have visited and vacationed in the Bahamas including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. 

As part of the celebrations, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism invited guests to the islands to celebrate the Royal Wedding at a Tea Party at Government House (the official home of the British Monarch’s representative in the Bahamas).

To mark the Royal Wedding the Bahamas Post Office is issuing a set of 3 stamps. The 15c value shows William and Kate in September 2008 attending the wedding of a friend in Austria together. The 50c value shows the couple in the State Rooms, St James’s Palace, London just after the announcement of their engagement. Explaining the decision to use his mother’s ring William said it was so she “didn’t miss out on today”. The 65c value shows the couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace sharing their now famous kiss as a married couple to the delight of the crowds gathered in front of the Palace.

The Post Office has also released a souvenir sheet with a $5 stamp showing the couple as they left Westminster Abbey, after the ceremony, as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The background of the souvenir sheet shows Westminster Abbey during the wedding ceremony itself.   

Technical details:

Designer                                         Andrew Robinson
Printer                                            BDT International
Process                                           Stochastic Lithography
Perforation                                   14 per 2cms
Stamp size                                     28.45 x 42.58mm
S/S size                                           94 x 64mm (with 31.75 x 48.26mm stamp)
Sheet Layout                                10 with pictorial borders
Release Date                                21st June 2011
Production Co-ordination     Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd
The Bahamas - Royal Wedding, 4.6 out of 5 based on 14 ratings

published June 5th, 2011