The Royal Wedding postage stamps issued by the Isle of Man and New Zealand have been given a stamp of approval by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
After looking at the stamps in his office at Archbishop’s House Westminster, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: “Everyone is so looking forward to this Royal Wedding, beautifully commemorated in these new stamps.”
The Archbishop of Westminster added: “Let us pray for God’s blessing on this couple.”
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has made the following prayer available to parishes for use around the time of the Royal Wedding:
“Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing upon his Royal Highness, Prince William and Catherine as they pledge their love for each other in marriage. May your love unite them through their lives. Grant them the strength to serve you, our country and the Commonwealth with integrity and faithfulness.”
Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Falkland Islands are among a number of Commonwealth Countries and British Overseas Territories planning to issue special commemorative stamps for the Royal Wedding taking place at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 April.
The Royal couple are depicted in formal and informal pose on two stamps – two x $2.40 values – to be issued by New Zealand Post on 29 April.
HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton are pictured on two stamps – two x £1 values – contained in a special miniature sheet issued by Isle of Man Stamps & Coins on 15 April 2011. The stamps are cleverly set on a background showing an interior view of Westminster Abbey.
Australia Post issued two Royal Wedding stamps – 60c and $2.25 values – on 12 April.
Canada Post is issuing two stamps – domestic and international values – and a range of related products on 29 April. The attractive first day cover bears the two special stamps, cancelled in Ottawa, Ontario, and includes Prince William’s Coat of Arms.
Canada last issued a Royal Wedding stamp in February 1948 to commemorate the Marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.
Royal Mail issued a miniature sheet to commemorate the royal wedding on Thursday 21 April, The Queen’s 85th Birthday. The four stamps in the sheet feature the official engagement portraits of the Royal couple taken by distinguished photographer Mario Testino at St James’s Palace, London, on 25 November 2010.
The formal picture – two x £1.10 value (letter and card, weighing up to 20g, sent worldwide) – was taken in the Council Chamber and the informal – two x 1st class (46p) – depict the royal couple embracing, in the Cornwall room.
All Royal Wedding stamps showing HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton approved by HM the Queen and the Royal couple will be collected and treasured by stamps collectors and non-collectors alike throughout the world.
The stamps will be of particular interest to new generations of stamps collectors who look forward to the time in the future when Prince William is crowned King.